September 2017

CNET: Equifax data hack: What are your legal options?

Nearly half the US woke up Friday to find out their Social Security number might have been stolen, thanks to hackers who breached the database of a top credit monitoring service.

Equifax is one of three major credit monitoring companies, which victims of data breaches typically turn to for protection. Now it's lost the Social Security numbers, names, addresses and birth dates of up to 143 million people in the US alone. Folks in Canada and the UK have also been affected.

Newsweek: Equifax Data for Sale on Black Market? New York Attorney General Investigating

New York state's attorney general will probe the huge data breach at Equifax, one of the U.S.’s three major credit reporting agencies, to determine when and how the company learned of the attack and to find out whether customer information has been offered for sale on the black market, a source familiar with the investigation tells Newsweek.

The Hill: House committee to hold hearing on Equifax data breach

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced Friday that the panel will hold a hearing on the Equifax breach that exposed the personal data of more than 140 million customers.

Hensarling called the breach “a very serious and very troubling situation” and said the committee had already begun preparing.

Financial Services Committee staffers received a briefing from Equifax employees on the breach on Friday per their request, a spokesman told The Hill, and a date for a hearing is expected to be announced soon.