Equifax Data Breach Details
Published September 8, 2017
Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday that personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers -- approximately 44% of U.S. adults -- were accessed by unauthorized individuals between mid-May and July.
According to Equifax, the information included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers and certain dispute documents. Equifax will send paper mail to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personally identifying information were impacted. It is unclear if Equifax will contact all consumers that may have been affected. See the resources below to see how you can check on the status of your information.
The cyberattack potentially affects consumers across the country. Even though the breach did not occur at HCU, members of Heartland Credit Union may be affected because the incident occurred at Equifax, one of the three credit bureaus. We encourage members to take advantage of the resources below. Also, this is a good reminder to periodically check your credit union and bank statements, credit cards, and other accounts for suspicious activity.
- To check to see if you are potentially impacted, click here: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
- Equifax is offering one year of complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services for all U.S consumers. We advise that you take advantage. See full details and enroll here: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/
- You can receive a free credit report if you have not done so in the past 12 months. We advise you to do so and check your report for suspicious activity: https://www.annualcreditreport.com