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Equifax Breach Update

Equifax Breach Update

Equifax disclosed a data breach on September 7th that spanned from Mid-May through July 29, 2017. It is reported that approximately 143 million consumers were affected by this breach. Names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers were obtained. All this sensitive information is what is needed by fraudsters to commit identity theft, as detailed in this Equifax breach update.

Information put at risk by the data breach is separate from credit union data, but we will be vigilant in helping our members protect both. Here are actions you can take to monitor your situation and better protect yourself.

FTC and Equifax Information

Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which explains how youcan find out if your information is at risk, what steps you can do to protect yourselves, and how you can obtain free credit monitoring. Here is a link to the FTC’s release on the Equifax data breach which contains helpful information on how members may protect themselves against identity theft.

Visit Equifax’s website, On the Equifax website, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. You have until Nov. 21, 2017, to enroll. You also can access frequently asked questions at the site.

How to Protect Yourself After a Data Breach

There are ways you can be better informed, be more protected from fraud and better secure your information. Visit Mid Oregon’s Security and Fraud Center for up-to-date information and tips.

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