Following Equifax Breach, AG Sends Data Security Inquiries to Experian, TransUnion

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2017

Two sources also told the newswire that Equifax had hired Mandiant - a firm that helps companies respond to security threats - after the initial breach, but brought them back on July 29th after suspicious activity was detected again.

To make the freeze effective, you must place a freeze with all three credit reporting agencies - Equifax, TransUnion and Experian.

While our investigation is ongoing and this information may change, at this point, we believe that the incident involves potential access to the personal information of approximately 100,000 Canadian consumers, and that the information that may have been breached includes name, address, Social Insurance Number and, in limited cases, credit card numbers. Both hacks appear to have exploited the same vulnerability in Apache software that Equifax didn't fully patch until it was too late. But the company said that the earlier intrusion was unrelated to the breach that may have impacted as many as 143 million people, which the company discovered in July but did not disclose until six weeks later. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze. The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority and the Information Commissioner's Office have been called in to investigate, adding to the multiple probes already underway in the U.S. On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, regulatory filings show that three senior Equifax executives sold shares worth nearly $1.8 million, with none of the filings listing the transactions as being part of scheduled 10b5-1 trading plans. A spokesperson for Equifax wasn't immediately available.

Investigators are looking at the stock sales by Equifax's chief financial officer, John Gamble; its president of US information solutions, Joseph Loughran; and its president of workforce solutions, Rodolfo Ploder, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential.

A spokesman for Equifax said in a statement that it "has been in regular communication and is cooperating with federal agencies, regulators and state attorneys general". Employers can also direct employees to the website Equifax created in response to the breach where individuals can determine whether their information has been compromised.

"This breach affects millions of Americans including thousands of South Dakotans".

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) officially opened an investigation into the Equifax breach on September 15 after receiving complaints from Canadians.

Don't give personal information.

The company's 2016 annual report says its Workforce Solutions unit also provides verified consumer income and employment information to mortgage giant Fannie Mae, now operating under the conservatorship of the Treasury Department. Especially when they are protecting data like this.

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