The FTC says it's investigating the Equifax hack
- Author: Kelly Blake Sep 15, 2017,
Sep 15, 2017, 0:35
Worse yet: They also discovered "715 pages worth of complaints and disputes filed by Argentinians who had at one point over the past decade contacted Equifax via fax, phone or email to dispute issues with their credit reports", Krebs wrote.
The Equifax breach has millions of consumers anxious about their personal information being in the hands of criminals.
The FTC is not the only Washington authority looking into the breach.
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The program required members to register their personal information such as credit cards, banking information and email address, with the option of providing a social insurance number. "The Equifax breach is an example of where some simple measures like a Web application firewall and patch management could have prevented a breach of unprecedented scale from occurring". Getting an account statement for an account that you did not authorize is an indication that an individual may be the victim of identity theft.
"The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations".
However, Equifax Canada's customer service agents have told callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to have had their information compromised in the data breach.
Schumer said Equifax's chief executive officer and board might need to resign if the company does not take concrete steps within the next week to protect consumers and agree to testify before lawmakers and federal regulators. From mid-May through July, hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers from Equifax credit reports.
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The company said that more than 200,000 credit card numbers were illegally obtained, in addition to 'certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers'.
Maura Healey, the attorney general of MA, said this week she intends to file the first state lawsuit against Equifax over the breach.
The Regina business analyst said he trusted them with his personal information and does not understand why it is taking so long to provide more information about the hack. Since the company is holding off the details of its investigation, security experts believe that the attack possibly happened after the patch was made available since it was then widely distributed and publicized.
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