Credit-reporting company Equifax Inc. said on Thursday, Sep 7, 2017, a security breach within the Equifax credit bureau occurred and could potentially impact 143 million consumers, including anyone that ran their credit report within the last seven years.
The data breach appears to have occurred during the period between mid-May 2017 to early July 2017.
Free Credit Monitoring
In response, Equifax is offering free credit monitoring for all bureaus, to all US consumers.
You can sign up for monitoring by visiting Equifax’s website: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll. This site is intended to inform you if your data was compromised.
“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,” Equifax Chief Executive Richard Smith said in prepared remarks. “I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.”
On Friday, shares of Equifax fell 14% to $123.03 in morning trading in New York.