EQUIFAX Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information
Navigate to this Equifax website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to find current information regarding this breach. The following information was found on that site at 9:30 a.m. September 8, 2017 and is provided here only to alert our customers. Please navigate to the EQUIFAX website listed above and follow information and procedures presented there to aid in protecting your identity. EQUIFAX is one of the 3 national credit bureaus that the majority of financial institutions use in their daily business.
At Equifax, protecting the security of the information in our possession is a responsibility we take very seriously. This is to notify you of a data security incident that may have exposed some of your personal information, including your Social Security number and other identifying information. This site explains the incident and steps Equifax has undertaken to address it. In addition, we provide guidance below on what you can do to protect your personal information.
I. What Happened
On July 29, 2017, Equifax discovered that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Upon discovery, we acted immediately to stop the intrusion. The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm which has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.
II. What Information Was Involved
Most of the consumer information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 consumers and certain dispute documents, which included personal identifying information, for approximately 182,000 consumers were accessed. In addition to this site, Equifax will send direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal identifying information were impacted. We have found no evidence of unauthorized access to Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
Please navigate to the above listed site to find more information as to what you can do to aid in protecting your identity now.
Should you have questions that we might help you with please contact any Holcomb State Bank branch.