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Equifax Data Breach Jeopardizes the Personal Information of 143 Million U.S. Consumers

Equifax Data Breach

Goldman Scarlato & Penny is investigating claims on behalf of all persons whose private information was stolen through the Equifax data breach.

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a “cybersecurity incident potentially affecting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.” According to Equifax, hackers “exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access” to consumers’ private information.

Equifax claims that the data breach began in mid-May and continued through July of 2017, and that individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses were stolen. Equifax reported that some consumers’ driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers have also been compromised.

Persons whose social security numbers have been stolen need to be concerned about identity theft. Victims of other data breaches have had false tax returns filed in their names, experienced fraudulent claims for health care coverage, and received bills for credit card charges on accounts opened without their knowledge or consent.

Although Equifax claims that it discovered the data breach more than a month ago on July 29, it did not announce the it until September 7, 2017, leaving consumers exposed to, and unaware of potential identify theft during that time. .

Equifax has created a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, where consumers can enter their last names and the last six numbers of their Social Security numbers to determine if their data were compromised.

This is the second time Equifax has been in the news this year for a data breach. In May, the company announced a breach of W-2 payroll data from its subsidiary TALX.

If your private information may have been compromised, please contact a GSP attorney to learn more about your rights. GSP’s Data Breach lawyers are currently representing victims of data breaches against Anthem, Inc., 21st Century Oncology, Community Health Systems, Inc., Athens Orthopedic Clinic, PA, Premera, Intuit, Medical Informatics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, United Shore, Xerox Mortgage Services, and Target Corporation. Please fill in your contact information and an attorney will contact you promptly. Or, you can email Mark Goldman directly at goldman@lawgsp.com or Doug Bench at bench@lawgsp.com or call GSP toll free at (888) 872-6975 to talk to a lawyer free of charge.

 

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