Illinois Attorney General Has Advise for Consumers on Equifax Data Breach

Katrina Barker
September 17, 2017

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, confessed on last Thursday that personal details of 143 million customers were leaked by the hackers between mid-May and July.

"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do", said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith.

Equifax's data breach notification was officially made last week, almost six weeks after the intrusion, which exposed addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers, was discovered by the company.

In light of Equifax's security breach, which exposed million's of American's data, what are your options to protect yourself?

The News 2 I-Team has been following the massive security breach involving credit rating agency Equifax. Every 12 months, you can request a copy of your credit report-for free-from each of the three major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). From a secure computer and an encrypted network connection, visit Equifax's website at and click on the tab "Potential Impact".

The Equifax data breach has left almost half the us population's personal information at risk. They also should monitor their credit and debit card accounts for unauthorized transactions. A credit freeze makes it hard to open new accounts in your name.

The company has set up a website for consumers to figure out if their information has been compromised and sign up for credit monitoring.

"Social security number is for life". "Some of them are trying to get Equifax to provide free credit freezes or pay for credit freezes".

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a toll free 24 Hour Identity Theft and Fraud Hotline at 1-855-443-3489 .

I can assure you that the instructions in Clark's credit freeze guide are accurate.

"To put a freeze on you have to go through all three bureaus independently", said Kyle Cronin, "Right now for South Dakotans there is a charge of $10 per agency and you have to go to each agency". An emailed statement from the credit-monitoring agency said the executives "had no knowledge" of the breach beforehand.

Investigators say you need to watch out for phishing emails that look like they're from Equifax, but really aren't.

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