Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Sep 2017 23:45 UTC

Equifax Inc. today announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax's core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.

Names, social security numbers, birthdays, addresses, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers - this is a very big breach.

Interestingly enough, three executives of the credit reporting agency sold their shares in the company days after the breach was discovered.

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Well, there are two types of worry about the SSNs being out there now. The stupidity that with that number and basically a matching name, you can change address, name, bank information, etc.

Then there is the full on Identity theft, but on that side of things to have someone become you is probably a bit less likely, since there are already tons of dead people's SSNs out there thanks to many years back one of the genealogy sites were posting their SSNs...

But who knows, I'm thinking more than likely the biggest ones at risk for fraud here are the ones who have a high credit rating... And the fact that I don't think any of us really have a choice whether or not the big three can have our credit history to have that score. So pretty much every grown adult in the US that has any sort of credit history is potentially boned.

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