Equifax recently disclosed that it experienced a data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of US consumers. Equifax, considered to be one of the three largest American credit agencies, reported that based on its investigation, criminals had exploited a website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files from mid-May through July 2017.
“The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.” – posted to Equifax’s website
Stronger authentication may be necessary given the recent Equifax breach, and why you may now be asked for additional identity verification. We urge our members to check all of your financial accounts on a regular, frequent basis. We encourage you to be skeptical about unsolicited email and telephone calls offering information or assistance related to the Equifax breach, because there are already unscrupulous parties taking advantage of this situation to sell dubious services and spread malware.