Equifax Data Breach 2017 - What You Need to Know
Equifax Inc. is a consumer credit reporting agency. Equifax collects and aggregates information on over 800 million individual consumers and more than 88 million businesses worldwide. Founded in 1899 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, it is the oldest of the three largest American credit agencies along with Experian and TransUnion.
About the Breach
Equifax Inc. has announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files from mid-May through July 2017. It is important to note that this data breach happened at Equifax and not at Webster First Federal Credit Union. Our systems remained secured.
The information accessed in the Equifax breach primarily 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 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.
Visit EquifaxSecurity2017.com for More Information
Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help consumers learn more and determine if their information has been potentially impacted. Equifax recommends that consumers with questions about the breach visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or contact a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, which the company set up to assist consumers. The call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.
Learn More at Equifax's Site
Special Consideration for Massachusetts Residents
Under Massachusetts State Law, residents may apply for a credit security freeze from the credit bureaus to safeguard their identity against fraud. Below are links to learn more and apply for a credit security freeze from both Experian and TransUnion. Please note that fees may apply.
Learn More at Experian
Learn More at TransUnion
What Webster First is Doing
At Webster First, we are continuing to monitor our systems and ensure we are providing the highest security possible for your data. The breach did not affect our systems, and no member data was compromised from our systems. If you have questions or concerns about the Equifax data breach, we recommend calling Equifax at 866-447-7559, or visiting their dedicated breach website.
Visit Equifax's Breach Website