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Equifax breach: Were you one of the 143 million affected?How to check if your information has been accessed by hackers and what you can do.
The personal information of nearly half the US population could have been compromised. Equifax announced it had been the target of cyber security breach between mid May and July. According to the credit monitoring firm, the hackers may have accessed the names Social security numbers, birthdates, addresses and some drivers license numbers of an estimated 140 million people. The credit card numbers for about 209,000 customers could have been accessed as well. Some UK and Canadian citizens were also impacted. This is clearly a disappointing event and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. The company has stopped the breach but is still working with authorities to identify Identify the hackers. To check if your data was breached, go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page with information and check Potential Impact. Next you'll need to type in your last name and the last 6 digits of your social security number. The website says you'll receive a message indicating whether or not your information has been impacted by the incident. But based on our own results here at CNet, we got a confirmation that our information had not been leaked or an enrollment date for one year of free identity theft protection and credit monitoring. We reached out to Equifax to find out what this means, and at the time of recording we did not receive clarification. And even if you weren't impacted, Equifax is still giving you one year of free protection with their trusted ID.