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RE: Equifax says breach exposed Social Security numbers, data from 143M Americans
(09-08-2017 02:28 PM)HeartOfDixie Wrote:  
(09-08-2017 02:27 PM)Hood-rich Wrote:  
(09-08-2017 01:12 PM)HeartOfDixie Wrote:  
(09-08-2017 01:10 PM)VA49er Wrote:  Check to see if you are impacted: Equifax


If impacted you can add a free 90 day fraud alert: Add a fraud alert

Mine was impacted.
"enroll"
bet they want money.

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No, they want me to waive my rights to sue them.

You can search to see if you are impacted but you should not sign up for their program.

They want both.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/equi...e531062976
Quote:WASHINGTON ― The credit monitoring company that let criminals steal personal information pertaining to nearly half the U.S. population is offering free credit monitoring to those affected ― but there’s a catch.

Victims of the Equifax security breach who sign up for the company’s “complementary” service will only get one free year. After that, unless they proactively cancel, they may have to pay. The terms of use say customers must have internet access and a credit or debit card to sign up.

“We will not bill You until the free trial period has expired and provided that You have not yet cancelled your trial membership,” say the terms, dated Sept. 6. “In the event that You wish to continue Your membership beyond the trial period, do nothing and Your membership will automatically continue without interruption and We will begin billing You via the payment source You provided when you signed up for the free trial.”

Robert Weissman, president of the consumer watchdog Public Citizen, said, “It appears that the company thinks one of the worst data breaches in history is a marketing opportunity. Instead of trying to rip people off with new hidden charges and trick consumers to give up their rights it might be a better idea to actually remedy the harm.”

So they're getting their victims to sign up for a trial period of credit monitoring after which they'll be charged if they don't opt out.

Also, the best way to protect yourself is a putting a credit freeze on your accounts with the three credit giants to prevent any new accounts from being opened.

https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/js...IDInfo.jsp
https://www.experian.com/consumer/cac/In...ode=FREEZE
https://annualcreditreport.transunion.co...ze/landing

Oh but there's a catch there too. Unless your state prevents them from doing so, they charge for this (and also doing a date specific freeze and changing your assigned PIN). I live in Illinois and Equifax wanted $10. Altogether it can cost $100 for all 3.

Class actions are worth what they're worth. My parents got over $5K from the Volkswagon class action a few months ago. Class actions allow corporations to face consequences for screwing lots of people out of what may be individually too small to justify ever going alone against a team of corporate lawyers. Individually the payout is small but it acts as a deterrent against bad corporate actors and you didn't have to lift a finger. Blaming the plaintiff lawyers is precisely what the corporations want.
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Equifax says breach exposed Social Security numbers, data from 143M Americans
Wow.

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(09-09-2017 11:45 AM)Kronke Wrote:  Wow.

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Dafuq?
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The Chief security officer was a music major?
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Quote:WASHINGTON ― The credit monitoring company that compromised the personal information of nearly half the U.S. population said Monday it won’t ask people for credit card info if they sign up for its “free” service.

Last week, Equifax Inc. announced that it had been hacked by criminals who obtained personal details about 143 million Americans, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. To make up for its massive cybersecurity failure, the firm said it would give victims a free one-year subscription to its credit monitoring service.

There was a catch: the supposedly free service required credit card information up front and would begin charging the card after the free trial ended unless users proactively canceled, according to terms of use for the product dated Sept. 6.

Equifax quietly deleted the information about fees from its website over the weekend, and on Monday, the firm announced it wouldn’t ask for credit cards when people sign up for the service, which is called TrustedID Premier.


“We are not requesting consumers’ credit card information when they sign up for the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection we are offering to all U.S. consumers,” the company said in a statement. “Consumers who sign up for TrustedID Premier will not be automatically enrolled or charged after the conclusion of the complimentary year of TrustedID Premier.”

Amanda Werner of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said Equifax changed its policy in the face of public pressure.

"This is what happens when someone’s watching,” Werner said. “Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach and the outrage from consumers and advocates made them reverse their position.”

Spokespeople for Equifax did not respond to inquiries from HuffPost about why it changed the credit card policy. On its website the company characterized the change as a “clarification.”

Equifax is one of the three biggest companies that track consumers’ credit histories and sell the information to lenders looking to evaluate customers’ creditworthiness. The people affected by its security failure, which the company disclosed last week even though it occurred earlier this year, are not necessarily Equifax customers.

The firm has also faced massive criticism for requiring customers to agree to arbitration clauses designed to prevent them from being able to sue or join a class action lawsuit. The company has said its arbitration clauses only apply to the use of its products, so people who sign up for credit monitoring won’t waive their ability to sue over the data breach.

A new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will ban the use of arbitration clauses designed to prevent people from joining class action lawsuits. The rule is set to take effect this month but Republicans in Congress have said they want to overturn it.
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(09-09-2017 11:45 AM)Kronke Wrote:  Wow.

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(09-09-2017 12:48 PM)solohawks Wrote:  The Chief security officer was a music major?

that's not the worst part... she got her edumacation at the university of Georgia... a college degree from a University in Georgia is about equal to getting a GED...
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(09-09-2017 12:48 PM)solohawks Wrote:  The Chief security officer was a music major?

Many music majors are computer science majors, too.
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Equifax Hackers Demanding $2.6 Mln in Bitcoin, Or Else https://cointelegraph.com/news/equifax-h...in-or-else "We are two people trying to solve our lives and those of our families. We did not expect to get as much information as we did, nor do we want to affect any citizen. But we need to monetize the information as soon as possible.”
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1 free year huh ? Makes You wonder if it's a B.S. sales gimmick to make billions of dollars down the road.
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