Equifax Security Breach: Agency Websites Melt Down Under Surge | NBC Nightly News

Equifax Security Breach: Agency Websites Melt Down Under Surge | NBC Nightly News


HILL. HERE’S NBC’S TOM COSTELLO.>>Reporter: TONIGHT MORE TROUBLE FOR EQUIFAX WITH SEVEN STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL NOW LAUNCHING INVESTIGATIONS OR SUING OVER ITS MASSIVE DATA BREACH.>>THIS COMPANY NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS FOOTING THE BILL, THAT IT IS PAYING, AND THAT WE ARE NOT PAYING FOR THEIR FAILURES.>>Reporter: EQUIFAX CEO RICK SMITH STILL HASN’T RESPONDED TO NBC’S REQUEST FOR COMMENT. BUT IN A “USA TODAY” EDITORIAL, SMITH WRITES, WE ARE DEVOTING EXTRAORDINARY RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THIS KIND OF INCIDENT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. EVERY ADULT SHOULD ASSUME THEIR PERSONAL DATA IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS, SAYS VETERAN CYBER SECURITY CONSULTANT TERESA PAYTON.>>YOU GOT TO FREEZE YOUR CREDIT BECAUSE OTHERWISE SOMEONE COULD MASQUERADE AS YOU, RUIN YOUR CREDIT RATING AND THAT DAY YOU GO TO BUY A CAR OR A HOUSE, YOU FIND OUT YOU’VE BEEN RUINED BY CYBER CRIMINALS.>>Reporter: TO FREEZE YOUR CREDIT GO ONLINE OR CALL ALL THREE AGENCIES, EQUIFAX, EXPERIAN AND TRANSUNION. YOU CAN TEMPORARILY LIFT THE FREEZE IF YOU APPLY FOR A LOAN OR CREDIT CARD, THOUGH IT COULD TAKE THREE DAYS AND SOME AGENCIES CHARGE $5 TO $10. BUT TODAY ALL THREE AGENCIES APPEARED OVERWHELMED WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC AND PHONE CALLS.>>THANK YOU FOR CALLING EQUIFAX GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES.>>Reporter: LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ANN MARIE MILLS HAS BEEN UNABLE TO GET THROUGH TO EQUIFAX.>>IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN THE COMPANY BEING HACKED IS THE COMPANY THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING YOU, AND THEN TO FEEL LIKE THEY’RE NOT EVEN TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT IT IS A LITTLE FRUSTRATING.>>Reporter: YOU MAY BE WONDERING IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. YES, BUT ONLY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND YOUR OLD NUMBER

3 Replies to “Equifax Security Breach: Agency Websites Melt Down Under Surge | NBC Nightly News

  1. If you have been a victim of fraud you can place fraud alerts on your credit. This is a better option than a freeze because it only means the you need to be phoned before any new accounts opened under under your social

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