Equifax has been hacked. British and Canadian residents also affected.

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Found 7th Sep 2017
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Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data that could affect up to 143 million Americans.

The Atlanta-based company said that that “criminals” exploited a US website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year - with the weakness said to have been discovered at the end of that month.

It said consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers were exposed. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 US consumers were also accessed.

The company said hackers also accessed some “limited personal information” from British and Canadian residents.

Equifax said it doesn't believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.

“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.
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Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold stocks before the breach was announced.

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Biddy223 m ago

Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold …Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold stocks before the breach was announced. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social


I hope the SEC investigates because that seems more than a little dodgy.
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Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold stocks before the breach was announced.

bloomberg.com/new…ial
Biddy223 m ago

Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold …Oh and it struck their hearts so much, that three managers of Equifax sold stocks before the breach was announced. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social


I hope the SEC investigates because that seems more than a little dodgy.
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Do you mean Equifhax? Or Equifhacks?
Edited by: "Dawsy" 8th Sep 2017
Wow...those hackers doing everyone a favour again...what a bunch of hooligans.

The Equifax bosses would be subject to prosecution if they were using insider information during their trades.
Just came to post this as saw the news on Computing email. 143 million records have compromised in America
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That's horrible news how criminal off Equifax to sit quite for such a long time. I read somewhere that you have to wave your right to sue them before checking if you were hacked or not.
Any guideline available how to minimise the damage?
humadoon1 h, 25 m ago

That's horrible news how criminal off Equifax to sit quite for such a long …That's horrible news how criminal off Equifax to sit quite for such a long time. I read somewhere that you have to wave your right to sue them before checking if you were hacked or not.Any guideline available how to minimise the damage?

Well depending on what info they have and can use. You can't change your identity but you could get credit cards canceled and re-issued. That may help if they got card details.
Guess same goes with bank account info..
But the banks and card companies also should be more diligent and not authorise any out of country transactions without verification.
humadoon1 h, 31 m ago

That's horrible news how criminal off Equifax to sit quite for such a long …That's horrible news how criminal off Equifax to sit quite for such a long time. I read somewhere that you have to wave your right to sue them before checking if you were hacked or not.Any guideline available how to minimise the damage?



It’s supposedly unenforceable and people will still be able to sue. Equifax have set up a website for Americans to check whether they were part of the breach (said website is also, laughably, lacking in security, has debug code and log in information easily accessible and is also hosted on Wordpress ) but information is lacking here for the UK other than BT and British Gas customers could be affected amongst others. The companies are chasing this up with Equifax to find out just how badly this has affected UK customers. The Information Commisioners Office are also in talks with Equifax to determine how badly affected we could be.

For now it’s best to hold tight and wait for more information. Keep an eye on your accounts for any fraudulent transactions and be sure to check your credit reports on Noddle, Clearscore and MSE Credit club (free access to the big three credit reports). The amount of information stolen is huge so would take a while to do anything with anyway but better to be safe than sorry by keeping on eye on your accounts.

Link to Noddle website. (Call Credit)

Link to Clearscore (Equifax)

Link to MSE Credit Club (Experian)
Biddy21 h, 52 m ago

It’s supposedly unenforceable and people will still be able to sue. E …It’s supposedly unenforceable and people will still be able to sue. Equifax have set up a website for Americans to check whether they were part of the breach (said website is also, laughably, lacking in security, has debug code and log in information easily accessible and is also hosted on Wordpress ) but information is lacking here for the UK other than BT and British Gas customers could be affected amongst others. The companies are chasing this up with Equifax to find out just how badly this has affected UK customers. The Information Commisioners Office are also in talks with Equifax to determine how badly affected we could be.For now it’s best to hold tight and wait for more information. Keep an eye on your accounts for any fraudulent transactions and be sure to check your credit reports on Noddle, Clearscore and MSE Credit club (free access to the big three credit reports). The amount of information stolen is huge so would take a while to do anything with anyway but better to be safe than sorry by keeping on eye on your accounts. Link to Noddle website. (Call Credit)Link to Clearscore (Equifax)Link to MSE Credit Club (Experian)

That's a mess surely someone should be held accountable it saddens me that our country has not set a good example in punishing financial industry
Andy@XCite1 h, 3 m ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41257576



Christ. What the hell is wrong with these companies?! They deserve to be sued to hell and back.
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