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Postby Blue Jackets » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:22 am

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/7/16270 ... tity-theft

Equifax announced today that 143 million US-based users had their personal information compromised this year. Attackers reportedly exploited a vulnerability on Equifax's website to steal names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 people and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 people were also accessed. Although Equifax operates in other countries, it didn't detect any stolen personal information abroad.

The company says it discovered the breach on July 29th this year, and has since plugged the security hole. The company also set up a dedicated website — www.equifaxsecurity2017.com — for possible victims to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:07 am

So like half of the US?

My first job required some government clearance paperwork. That was hacked a few years ago and they signed me up for extra credit monitoring. It seems like that's what you get here too. 1 year of it.

These breaches are going to keep happening. They (banks, credit unions, credit bureaus, etc) just need to make it easier to fix and resolve things when identity theft happens, because it's going to happen all the time.
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Postby wags83 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:04 am

Uh oh...
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:07 am

Throw away your identity and get a new one.
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Postby wags83 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:08 am

The good news for people who want to steal my identity is that the identity theft protection doesn't start until the 14th, so you have almost a whole week to get me!
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Postby CrckrJack » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:14 am

Someone on reddit was talking about locking down your credit so that no one can open anything against your credit. how does one go about that?
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:56 am

CrckrJack wrote:Someone on reddit was talking about locking down your credit so that no one can open anything against your credit. how does one go about that?
I never heard of that. Is it a pain to reverse it when you need to do something for yourself?
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Postby wags83 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:05 am

Blue Jackets wrote:Source of the post The company says it discovered the breach on July 29th this year, and has since plugged the security hole.

I just read this "Three senior executives at Equifax sold $1.8 million in shares just days after the breach was discovered, and well before it was publicly disclosed."

I've also read that terms of their identity theft protection thing include a clause saying if you use the service, you can't participate in any lawsuit against them.

This whole thing is just them covering their own asses, not trying to prevent damage to the customers.
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:17 am

Dang, you just gave up you're right to sue them!

Really shady about the executives. Obviously people would notice that.
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Postby wags83 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:24 am

Tyler wrote:Source of the post Dang, you just gave up you're right to sue them!

Only if I enroll in their thing next week.
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Postby bmyoungs » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:14 pm

Tyler wrote:
CrckrJack wrote:Someone on reddit was talking about locking down your credit so that no one can open anything against your credit. how does one go about that?
I never heard of that. Is it a pain to reverse it when you need to do something for yourself?
If you don't think you will need a credit pull in a certain period of time then it's worth doing.

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Postby cwilkins88 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:36 pm

If you enroll, you waive your right to a class action lawsuit. Don't do it

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Postby Tyler » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:41 pm

cwilkins88 wrote:If you enroll, you waive your right to a class action lawsuit. Don't do it

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Postby Tyler » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:14 pm

I'm waiting for someone to post something from Reddit that says like "do these 7 steps to ensure you're safe today and in the future". Someone go find something like that. My credit is good, so I assume I'm a higher target than someone with bad?
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Postby Blue Jackets » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:42 am

Equifax Hack-Checking Web Site Is Returning Random Results
TechCrunch has concluded that "the checker site, hosted by Equifax product TrustID, seems to be telling people at random they may have been affected by the data breach." One user reports that entering the same information twice produced two different answers. And ZDNet's security editor reports that even if you just enter Test or 123456, "it says your data has been breached." TechCrunch writes:
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Postby wags83 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:35 am

This is all dumb.
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Postby cwilkins88 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:50 am

Tyler wrote:Source of the post I'm waiting for someone to post something from Reddit that says like "do these 7 steps to ensure you're safe today and in the future". Someone go find something like that. My credit is good, so I assume I'm a higher target than someone with bad?


The first stickied comment on this thread has some tips: https://www.reddit.com/r/personalfinance/comments/6yv4gb/official_mega_thread_recent_equifax_security/
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Postby Tyler » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:52 am

Thanks wilkins. Exactly what I was looking for.
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Postby wags83 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:11 am

I set up my fraud alert just now.

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