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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

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September 11, 2017 In The News

The massive breach of credit rating firm Equifax is attracting scrutiny from government officials across the country.

Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concern over the hack, which could have left vulnerable sensitive personal information for as many as 143 million people.  

The New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois attorneys general have announced formal investigations into the hack.

Officials are alarmed by the scope of the breach as well as Equifax’s terms of service which forces individuals to waive their right to a class-action lawsuit. 

September 11, 2017 In The News

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, a breach at the company has exposed 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.

September 11, 2017 In The News

Shares of Equifax Inc. fell almost 14 percent Friday, a day after the company announced that hackers had gained access to names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some driver's license numbers of potentially 143 million consumers.

One of the three biggest credit-reporting companies, Equifax generated $3.1 billion in revenue last year operating behind the scenes helping banks, insurers and employers assess people's creditworthiness for loans, jobs and credit cards.

September 11, 2017 In The News

A huge security breach at credit reporting company Equifax has exposed sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and addresses, of up to 143 million Americans.

Unlike other data breaches, those affected by the breach may not even know they're customers of the company.

Equifax is one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that track and rate the financial history of consumers. The company gets its data from credit card companies, banks, retailers and lenders -- sometimes without you knowing.

September 11, 2017 In The News

Since the massive data breach at Equifax Inc. was disclosed late Thursday (see our blog here), the news has only gotten worse for the Atlanta-based credit monitoring agency.  Here’s a brief chronological recap of what we know so far:

September 11, 2017 In The News

The country is grapping with the disclosure by credit monitoring firm Equifax that hackers accessed personal information on as many as 143 million U.S. consumers.

September 11, 2017 In The News

The massive cyberattack against Equifax Inc. that compromised highly sensitive data on over 40 percent of the U.S. population may push Congress to pass a national data breach notification law, but a quick fix is unlikely, cybersecurity professionals and attorneys told Bloomberg BNA.

House committees, including Judiciary, Financial Services, and Energy and Commerce, announced Sept. 8 they will hold hearings in the near future on the breach and whether to adopt a federal notice law.

September 10, 2017 In The News

A huge security breach at credit reporting company Equifax has exposed sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and addresses, of up to 143 million Americans.

Unlike other data breaches, those affected by the breach may not even know they're customers of the company.

September 8, 2017 In The News

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sent a letter Friday to the House Judiciary committee's leadership asking for an investigation into the Equifax data breach. 

"In light of recent events, I request the Committee call upon representatives from the “Big Three” credit reporting agencies — Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax — to testify not only on the breach that occurred in May 2017, but also to identify how each company is taking proactive, defensive steps to prevent such breaches in the future," wrote Lieu.

September 8, 2017 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlate and Ranking Member John Conyers requesting a hearing to investigate how and why the Equifax data breach occurred.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

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