Canada watchdog asks Equifax to help citizens impacted by breach

Canada watchdog asks Equifax to help citizens impacted by breach

Perhaps most disturbing is the company's opaque statement that its investigation into the data breach "found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax's core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases". The company has promised free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services for one year. In addition, Equifax reported that the hackers gained access to approximately 209,000 customers' credit card numbers, and had gained access to financial dispute documents containing PII for approximately 182,000 USA customers.

Make sure to stay updated on your accounts, so you know right away if anything was changed, or added.

Reed says the credit agency no longer deserves the trust of Americans.

To prove your claim that Equifax caused you harm-the basis for your lawsuit-you'd need proof that the information leaked from Equifax actually resulted in harm against you.

If the hackers now have a copy of Equifax's database (something Equifax's statements seem to make deliberately unclear) it calls into question our entire system of tracking and monitoring credit with potential consequences far beyond Equifax's ability to address. Using the "freeze" option does not protect your personal information but will protect your credit if someone tries to access it.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller revealed the scope of the breach Tuesday, warning citizens to take steps to protect their identities.

"A credit freeze is only effective if applied to all three credit bureaus".

- Consider a credit freeze.

He also addressed the delay in notifying consumers about the breach, saying the company initially "thought the intrusion was limited".

If a credit card has been compromised, you will likely hear from the bank or card-issuer first. "Why should they be charged for asking the companies not to share it?" The company was scheduled to meet with investors publicly this week at a financial conference in NY, but pulled out and instead executives are giving one-on-one meetings with investors, a spokeswoman said.

Losing control over 143 million credit cards would be very bad. Fees may be applied for placing, temporarily lifting, or removing a security freeze.

AnnualCreditReport.com is the only website authorized by the Federal Trade Commission to provide you with a free annual credit report.

Beyond being one of the largest breaches in this nation's history, this breach is of particular note due to the sensitivity of the information that was breached. Chief financial officer John Gamble, president of USA information solutions Joseph Loughran, and president of workforce solutions Rodolfo Ploder reportedly sold a combined $1.75 million in Equifax stocks on August 1 and 2.

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