A cyberattack on Equifax servers potentially compromised sensitive information of over 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, birthdates and driver’s license numbers, and over 200,000 credit card numbers. The attack happened in May of 2017 and Equifax said they discovered the breach in July 2017.
The shear amount of personal information the cyber criminals obtained is unprecedented. It’s alarming that there have been previous cyber thefts on Equifax in the past year. In May 2016 Equifax was attacked for W-2 information; which poses the question; why did Equifax not increase their cyber security measures since then?
This breach affects half of the population of the United States and Farah and Farah believes that Equifax should have had multiple layers of security in place for data protection. Equifax has provided a website to determine if your personal information was compromised https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ fill out the form and determine if you were subjected to a data breach. There are things you can personally do to protect yourself further if your information was stolen.
-Pay close attention to your credit card statements
-Put a freeze on the three major credit reporting agencies
The FBI is actively investigatng the matter, but there are lawsuits being filed for the mishandling of information. Farah & Farah will have dedicated attorneys handling this matter. If you believe that your personal information was compromised by the Equifax data breach, please give Farah & Farah a call at 800-500-5555. We are open 24/7 and can take your call now.