**Fraud Alert** March 2018 - Equifax® Cybersecurity Incident Update
As a result of ongoing analysis of data stolen in last year’s cybersecurity incident, Equifax announced that the company has confirmed the identities of US consumers whose partial driver’s license information was taken. Equifax was able to identify these consumers by referencing other information in proprietary company records that the attackers did not steal, and by engaging the resources of an external data provider. There has not been an additional incident. This update is based on additional findings from the cybersecurity incident announced September 7, 2017.
Through these additional efforts, Equifax was able to identify 2.4 million U.S. consumers whose partial driver’s license information was stolen, but who were not in the previously identified affected population. This information was partial because, in the vast majority of cases, it did not include consumers’ home addresses, or their respective driver’s license states, dates of issuance, or expiration dates. Equifax will notify these consumers by US Postal mail and will offer identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services at no cost to them. Information about registering for these services will be included in the mail communication. The Equifax customer care team will not be able to tell you if you have been impacted. Additionally, the “Am I Impacted” tool on the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident website does not reflect consumers who have been impacted by the March 1 announcement. For all other consumers, if you have a US Social Security number, you can see if your personal information has been impacted by cybersecurity incident by clicking the “Am I Impacted” tool on the website.
There are several ways that you can help to protect yourself.
- You can get free copies of your credit report from the three major credit bureaus at annualcreditreport.com.
- Consider placing a security freeze or lock on your credit report.
- You can place a fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit bureaus.
To learn more about these options and the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident, visit equifaxsecurity2017.com.