An Equifax data breach was announced as hackers gained access to some of its systems, compromising the personal information of about 143 million consumers.
Equifax said an internal investigation revealed hackers exploited a vulnerability in a U.S. website application to gain unauthorized access to files from mid-May through July.
Affected individuals may be able to seek compensation with the help of a data breach lawsuit attorney.
If you suspect that your personal information may have been compromised as a result of a potential Equifax data breach, contact Attorney Group to learn more. We provide free, confidential and no-obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you have a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Breach Gives Hackers Most Critical Personal Information
As a part of the Equifax data breach is serious, hackers accessed consumer data including names, social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and driver’s license details for 143 million individuals between May 2017 through July 2017. Approximately 209,000 users also had their credit card details stolen, and about 182,000 users had details from their Equifax dispute documents stolen.
The stolen data — the “crown jewels of personal information,” in the words of independent credit analyst John Ulzheimer — can’t be changed, and once it’s in circulation, it’s basically out there forever.
With this crucial personal data, from Social Security numbers and birthdates to address histories and legal names, criminals could use it to commit identity theft. The ramifications to potential victims of the Equifax data breach will likely be felt for years.
Reports from credit agencies like Equifax are used in a number of ways that could affect you:
- Credit Score
- Insurance Rates
- Interest Rates
- Loan Approvals
- Utility Deposits
- Rent Approvals
Victims of data breaches may be entitled to receive compensation for any personal information that may have been compromised, and the responsible party may be liable for financial losses resulting from a data breach. Affected consumers should seek legal counsel from an Equifax data breach lawsuit attorney to get more information about their rights and remedies.
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