The Equifax breach, which occurred in September of last year and impacted the personal data of 14.5 million consumers, appears to have impacted more data than initially reported. Equifax already confirmed the loss of social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, credit-score dispute forms and in some instances, credit card and driver’s license numbers. According to a document Equifax recently submitted to the Senate Banking Committee, hackers were also found to have accessed tax identification numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, credit card expiration dates and issuing states for driver’s licenses.
Using the following Equifax site, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, you can check whether your personal information has been impacted. The site lists options for consumers such as obtaining a credit report, placing a freeze or lock on your credit report (with information regarding the distinction between these two options) and placing a fraud alert or an extended fraud alert on your credit report.
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