Epic Equifax Breach Hits 143 Million: What to Do Now


There’s some terrible news if you do business with consumer credit monitoring agency Equifax (or even if you don’t). Your sensitive personal info — including Social Security and possibly driver’s license numbers — may be in the hands of data thieves. This is arguably the worst data breach ever.

What Happened

Equifax on Thursday (Sept. 7) reported a security breach that could impact 143 million consumers. That’s not quite as big as last year’s Yahoo’s breach that compromised up to 1 billion customer accounts, but it’s much worse. The data accessed — names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers, according to the company — is critical to your privacy and security. Those first four pieces of data are everything that an identity thief would need to pretend that he’s you.

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