Were You Impacted?
Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced recently that the cybersecurity firm Mandiant has completed the forensic portion of its investigation of the cybersecurity incident disclosed on September 7 to finalize the consumers potentially impacted.
The completed review determined that approximately 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted, for a total of 145.5 million. Mandiant did not identify any evidence of additional or new attacker activity or any access to new databases or tables. Instead, this additional population of consumers was confirmed during Mandiant’s completion of the remaining investigative tasks and quality assurance procedures built into the investigative process.
According to Equifax, the completed review also has concluded that there is no evidence the attackers accessed databases located outside of the United States.
Equifax is now enrolling those impacted or those just interested in a complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring product, called TrustedID Premier. There are steps outlined on the website to enroll. The enrollment period ends on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and will last one year.
Steps to Take
To determine if your personal information may have been impacted and for steps to protect your information, please visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Equifax recommends that consumers be vigilant in reviewing their account statements and credit reports, and that they immediately report any unauthorized activity to their financial institutions. They also recommend that consumers monitor their personal information and visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website, www.ftc.gov/idtheft, to obtain information about steps they can take to better protect against identity theft as well as information about fraud alerts and security freezes.