Not good news, folks.
Equifax was breached...and potentially, the financial data of 143 million folks...
"While the massive breach that Yahoo revealed last year involved more accounts, topping 1 billion, that intrusion exposed people's phone numbers and passwords. Equifax said its breach includes “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.”
The company added that credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers were accessed, along with some dispute documents that contained personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.
Equifax is offering a number of services for free to people, including credit monitoring. (You can find more information here, and see our expert advice below on protecting your data.) The breach happened mid-May through July and was discovered July 29, Equifax said. It also said it has seen no evidence of unauthorized activity on its core consumer or commerical reporting databases.
“It’s one of the worst hacks imaginable," said Dan Guido, CEO of the cyber-security firm Trail of Bits. “People should be extraordinarily angry at companies like Equifax. We place a huge amount of trust in them about money matters but they’re so easily compromised by simplistic attacks like this one.” - Dan Guido, CEO of the cyber-security firm Trail of Bits
We should trust Guido.
About the max of my humor at this juncture.
PLEASE get on board with your bank's credit/Social Security/Document monitoring. I'm in no hurry to trust Equifax at this point although thet're offering free credit monitoring at this point to customers...
I do recommend you go to this site and "begin enrollment" so you can check whether your data has been potentially impacted. Then, make your own decision whether you want the free one year of services.
I did and got the answer:
"Based on the information provided, we believe that your personal information was not impacted by this incident."
"To be(lieve) or not to be(lieve), that is the question."