If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May 2017 through July 2017. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website to find out if your information was exposed. Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services.
The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do