We may as well call this month’s Data Breach Digest “The Equifax Issue.” Since the credit reporting agency announced an enormous breach compromising detailed information for more than 143 million Americans, headlines and public outcry have grown more intense daily. As a breached organization, Equifax may participate in our Compromised Identity Exchange free of charge, in order to help better protect the consumers affected. As we explore a potential relationship with the agency, we will continue to do everything we can to help banks and other service providers protect consumers from fraud. In the meantime, here are the latest headlines and breaches from September 2017.
New Data Breaches Reported in September 2017
Breaches in the News
Following public outcry related to the massive Equifax data breach announced in September, two U.S. senators have introduced a bill amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act with the intent to return control of personal data to consumers.
Just a year ago, the first class action lawsuits began arising seeking damages caused by data breaches. Today, consumers are turning to technology to automate small claims lawsuits against breached entities to claim what they’re owed.
A D.C. court has dismissed two lawsuits brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in regards to two 2015 data breaches which impacted more than 20 million government employees.
Krebs on Security: Experian Site Can Give Anyone Your Credit Freeze PIN
Consumers who placed a freeze on their credit following last month’s massive Equifax breach may not be as protected as they expect. Credit freeze PIN requests from Experian may be giving fraudsters the last piece of the puzzle.
The weeks following the recent Equifax breach have unfolded an ongoing case study in proper breach response and potential pitfalls. In addition to reputation issues, Equifax’s share prices represent another facet of breach response and fallout.
The Washington Post: Equifax suffered another data breach in March
While consumers reeled at the announcement of a massive data breach at Equifax impacting 143 million Americans, the company quietly confirmed another, unrelated breach from March 2017.