Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Equifax Breach Worsens: Argentina Branch Used 'Admin' As Login And Password

Getting up to speed on the Equifax data breach scandal What's The Difference Between Equifax, TransUnion And Experian?
Madeline Patrick | 16 September, 2017, 01:10

Credit reporting company Equifax Inc blamed a web server vulnerability in its open-source software, called Apache Struts, for the recent data breach that compromised personal details of as many as 143 million USA consumers.

A Laredo man says that he was one of the 143 million Americans whose private information was compromised in the latest security breach at Equifax.

Consumers finding that their personal data may have been exposed in the massive Equifax cyberattack might be surprised to learn how many companies have access to different bits of their personal information.

Logging on to Equifaxsecurity2017.com will allow you to check and see if your information may have been compromised.

- Contact one of the three credit reporting bureaus to notify them that you may be a victim of identity theft and would like to place a fraud alert on your credit.

Facebook's generation of 'Jew Hater' and other advertising categories prompts system inspection
ProPublica explains that it placed three ads and selected the audience categories from Facebook's ad-buying platform. On Thursday, these three journalists told the world how " Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach 'Jew Haters '".

The breach, which unmasked the names and social security numbers of customers, has reportedly affected more than 140 million Americans.

"I've already written a letter to Equifax demanding to know exactly what happened and what they will do to protect people who were affected", said Attorney General Josh Stein. "We always tell people, you've got to watch your account". So sign up for the free credit monitoring. This is a little bit of a tricky one because you have to freeze your file with each of the credit reporting companies and what that does is it prevents anyone from opening up a credit card, getting a loan or doing anything with your Social Security number. If the information can't be explained, you will need to call the creditors involved and report the crime to your local police or sheriff's office.

"If you want to talk to your financial institution yourself, a lot of financial institutions will offer the customer some kind of identity protection through a third-party vendor", said Filer. CBS News Financial Analyst Jill Schlesinger said the best line of defense is putting your credit on ice - which you can do on the Equifax website. Look for unusual accounts or activities that may indicate identity theft. Everyone keeps asking me if they should put a freeze on their credit.

But a credit freeze is problematic for people who need to keep their credit report open as they need to secure a loan, perhaps buy a home or a auto.

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