When more than 145 million people had some form of personal information exposed after a major credit reporting agency in the U.S. was hacked, Americans were scrambling to secure their sensitive information.
Equifax, which collects personal data – like Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers and addresses – announced recently that an unidentified hacker group gained access to a large portion of its data. That again brought up the question of how people can protect themselves from identify theft.
Equifax is one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the country; the other two are Experian and TransUnion. With millions of people being affected by the latest breach, some might not want to trust the agencies, but there aren’t really any options.
“We have no choice,” said Cora Lathrop, mortgage loan officer at Cherokee Nation. “I don’t think new credit reporting agencies are going to pop up. It’s just evolved through the years to these three majors ones, and I don’t think there’s anything (more…)
Sparks police seek female suspect in identity theft case
SPARKS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Sparks police are asking for help identifying a woman involved in an identity theft case.
Police say on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at around 4:30 p.m. an unidentified woman attempted to to cash a fraudulent check at the Western Village Casino, located at 815 Nichols Blvd. in Sparks.
According to police, security was contacted but the woman fled the premises prior to their arrival.
If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the suspect, they are urged to contact Sparks Police Dispatch (775) 353-2231 or Secret Witness, (775) 322-4900 with any information.
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The most recent Equifax data breach exposed the confidential and private information of some 143 million U.S. consumers to hackers and other nefarious users. This information includes consumer’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license and credit card numbers.
Essentially, this means that practically every adult consumer in the United States had their information stolen. While identity theft monitoring and insurance services can help to identify when your identity is being abused, this doesn’t solve the actual problem. The information taken was more than enough for identity theft (someone to impersonate you), to create synthetic identities (fake identities made using pieces of your real information) and to enable account takeovers (where fraudsters have your credentials and take over your online accounts). Given the breadth of the breach and the attack vectors, a credit freeze offered by credit bureaus will not fully protect anyone whose (more…)
Identity theft protection increasingly important to employees
SEP 28, 2017 | BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT
As the War for Talent keeps escalating, more employers are offering additional benefits and perks to attract, retain and motivate talented employees — including identity theft protection, according to IdentityForce’s 2017 Progressive Benefits Survey.
The survey polled 105 human resource professionals and found that two-thirds (68 percent) consider identity theft protection an increasingly important employee benefit, while only half currently offer identity theft protection to their employees.
“In light of the Equifax data breach, we’re certainly seeing more HR, broker, and agent inquiries seeking information on our implementation and enrollment process in order to make the benefit available before 2018,” IdentityForce’s chief executive Steven Bearak said in an interview.
Within organizations, HR departments are coordinating with their information technology teams, who are increasingly looking at identity protection as an important line of defense against potential security data breaches, according to the report.
Identity theft is on the rise: In 2016, it affected more than 6% of all consumers in the U.S. Given the risks (and the consequences if you’re targeted by a fraudster), identity theft insurance may seem like a great idea. But before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that you understand what you’re getting yourself into.
What is identity theft insurance?
Identity theft insurance doesn’t work quite the same way as your standard auto or homeowner’s policy. Despite the name, identity theft policies don’t reimburse you for the money that fraudsters stole from you. Instead, your identity theft insurance will reimburse you for the cost of getting things straightened out again.
Identity theft insurance also won’t alert you if your identity is stolen or help to prevent identity theft. For that, you’ll need an identity theft protection plan. Several different companies offer such services for a modest monthly or annual fee. Because of its recent data breach, Equifax is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection from TrustedID for one year. If you (more…)
Sonic shares dip after fast-food chain confirms payment breach, offers identity theft protection
- Sonic confirmed Wednesday that it had been the victim of a data breach.
- The company said that credit and debit card numbers may have been acquired as part of a malware attack at some Sonic locations.
- Sonic said it will offer customers who used their cards at its locations this year 24 months of free fraud detection and identity theft protection through Experian’s IdentityWorks program.
Shares of burger chain Sonic fell nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, after the company confirmed that it had been the victim of a data breach and offered customers identity theft protection.
The company said that credit and debit card numbers may have been acquired as part of a malware attack at some Sonic locations. The company did not disclose which locations or the specific time frame of the incident.
The data breach was first reported by Krebs on Security and The Wall Street Journal last week. At that time, the Associated Press reported that the company has seen some “unusual activity” on credit cards at some (more…)