Cybersecurity Incident at Equifax

September 8, 2017

Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S, announced that on July 29, 2017, a data security incident occurred that may have exposed consumers’ personal information including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 consumers and certain dispute documents, which included personal identifying information, for approximately 182,000 consumers were exposed. Equifax has since reported the incident to law enforcement agencies and continues to work with authorities.

Equifax has established a dedicated website,, to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information. Equifax recommends that consumers with additional questions visit 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.

For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, visit our Security and Fraud Prevention page.