On September 7th it was announced that Equifax® was attacked by a cybersecurity breach that resulted in the exposure of an estimated 143 million consumers’ private information. The data stolen in this horrific attack includes consumers’ names, SSNs, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers, as well as 209,000 stolen card numbers and private data from 182,000 stolen dispute documents.
The consumer information put at risk by the Equifax breach is separate from your Credit Union data, and we assure you that your Credit Union remains ever-vigilant in securing Credit Union data.
The most pressing and immediate threat with this breach is identity theft. To prevent and identify identity theft, use the products available through your Credit Union, including online and audio banking, to monitor your Credit Union accounts on a regular basis and report any suspicious activity immediately. You should also monitor account activity at all financial institutions you utilize and report any suspicious activity to those financial institutions immediately. Do not respond to email, text or telephone calls asking for personal or financial information.
- Visit Equifax’s data breach response site, which contains up-to-date information about this data breach. It also includes information on how to enroll in complimentary identity protection and credit file monitoring services, along with how to find out if your personal information may have been impacted.