SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) 143 million people are in danger of identity theft today. Equifax is one of three credit monitoring companies in the U.S. and the company announced yesterday that hackers breached the security system for more than two months. To explain, UVU cybersecurity expert Robert Jorgensen joined Good Morning Utah with Brian Carlson.
They estimate 143 million records were compromised, including names, addresses, birthdays, and social security numbers. They say the access took place from mid-May through July.
According to the Apache Foundation, Equifax contacted them and said it was related to their web server software. We don’t have a lot of details yet. Consumers are very much so at risk. This puts millions of people at risk of identity theft.
Jorgensen suggests to make sure your keep an eye on your accounts, check your credit report, file your taxes early and look into a credit freeze to make getting new credit in your name more difficult.
The FTC has a number of tips on their website: