So, what happens when the secrets of the company you trust a lot get leaked? This has happened on the Internet a lot of times and I even covered this once. However, this may be one of the biggest Cyber-attacks on a recent date. And all of this happened at a company named Equifax.
The biggest Cyber-Attack in America
Equifax, one the world’s largest credit monitoring agencies, has announced that the identities of over 140 million Americans may have been stolen. This is easily the single largest and most sensitive theft of data that has ever happened that we know about.
With this information, the thieves (or whoever they sell it to) can open up lines of credit in your name without you ever knowing about it until you receive bills in the mail.
Equifax has begun a response campaign to this that includes free credit monitoring through them in order to catch any problems early for the affected users. The information that’s been stolen includes but is not limited to Social Security Numbers, Driver’s License Numbers, and Birth Dates.
Not only that, but Credit Card Numbers and dispute documents containing personal data have also been retrieved. And in addition to all of that, there has also been unauthorized access to information belonging to UK and Canadian residents.
Don’t think you’re safe if you never used Equifax either. Because these are the people banks, schools, your job, car dealerships and others report your information to see if you have good or bad credit and they are one of the largest hubs of the entire credit rating system in America and other countries.
The silver lining in the moment of crisis
There are a few positives to this news, however. Remember how the title says this incident “May” have happened? Well, there isn’t any concrete evidence of Unauthorized Access to Core Consumer databases.
Not only that, but Equifax responded swiftly by adding more security to their databases and making the following adjustments:
- YOU CAN DETERMINE YOUR STATUS IMMEDIATELY
Some consumers who visited the website soon after its launch failed to receive confirmation clarifying whether or not they were potentially impacted. That issue is now resolved, and Equifax encourages those consumers to revisit the site to receive a response that clarifies their status.
- EXPANDED THEIR CALL CENTER
Equifax has tripled their call center team to over 2000 agents and continues to add more. The goal is to fasten any and all support claims they get, especially in the following days considering they will be extremely busy.
Equifax’s Cyber-Attack Incident, Be EXTREMELY Careful
This has been an issue that happened since mid-May through July 2017. And even while the parties affected have been concerned. Equifax is trying their best to help the people affected by the Cyber-Attack.
With the FBI’s help and other agencies keeping track of the situation, we can only hope our personal data is safe. However, we’d recommend fellow GeekReply users to constantly check the status of your credit history.