Equifax Data Breach Affects 3.8M Hoosiers
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Nearly four million people in Indiana could victims of the massive data breach at Equifax.
The consumer credit monitoring company announced last week that a data breach affected customers, amounting to about 143 million Americans nationwide. The compromised information includes names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
Atlanta-based Equifax discovered July 29 that it had been hacked. However, the incident was not publicly disclosed until more than a month later.
Equifax also has a website at which individuals can check to see if they have been affected and which allows people to sign up for free credit monitoring. Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
Tim Maniscalo, the head of the central Indiana Better Business Bureau, says anyone who has been a victim of identity theft needs to initiate a credit freeze just to make sure no one is using your information for their gain.
The Office of Indiana Attorney General maintains a website, www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm, at which Hoosiers can request a freeze of their credit. There is no charge for this service.