Updated March 1, 2018
From Equifax’s website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com:
Equifax announced that the company has confirmed the identities of U.S. consumers whose partial driver’s license information was taken. They were 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.
Is this a new cybersecurity incident?
There has NOT been an additional incident. This update is based on additional findings from the cybersecurity incident announced September 7, 2017.
How many people have been impacted?
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.
How will consumers be notified that their information may have been impacted?
Equifax will notify these consumers by U.S. 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.
Can I call Equifax customer care to find out if I’ve been impacted?
Consumers who have been impacted by the March 1, 2018 announcement will be notified by U.S. Postal mail. The Equifax customer care team will NOT be able to tell you if you’ve been impacted. Additionally, the “Am I Impacted” tool on this site does not reflect consumers who have been impacted by the March 1 announcement.
For all other consumers, if you have a U.S. Social Security number, you can see if your personal information has been impacted by cybersecurity incident by clicking the “Am I Impacted” tool on this website.
Updated September 29, 2017
Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, announced a cybersecurity incident that potentially impacts 143 million consumers. Equifax has stated that personal information, including social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some credit card numbers, have been accessed.
- This is NOT a breach with VITAL FCU. The breach happened at Equifax.
- We already have security measures in place to be sure your information is safe, including fraud monitoring on both credit and debit cards.
- It is always a good idea to monitor your accounts and check statements regularly for suspicious activity. If you notice anything suspicious, contact us immediately at (864) 948-8200, option “2”.
- We offer debit and credit card e-alerts, you can login to your online banking to set these up.
What you can do to protect yourself
- Check with Equifax to see if your information was impacted.
- Check your credit report annually for free at www.annualcreditreport.com.
- Sign up for credit monitoring. Equifax is offering one year free credit monitoring to everyone impacted by the breach. Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to learn more.
We are continuously monitoring the situation to see how our members will be impacted by the Equifax incident. We will update you here with any additional information as it becomes available.