Credit reporting company Equifax Inc blamed a web server vulnerability in its open-source software, called Apache Struts, for the recent data breach that compromised personal details of as many as 143 million US consumers.
"We were notified by the company", Fincke said. Data from 1,099,125 Iowans - including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, for some, credit card numbers - was exposed in the breach, he said.
143 million people had their information leaked with the Equifax data breach.
Already reeling after a disclosure last week that a May cyberattack may have stolen the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, Equifax saw its shares fall almost 15 percent on Wednesday, to $98.99.
Equifax is now offering a 30-day credit freeze.
They'll offer for you to enroll in a credit protection service for free, but that service is through a subsidiary of Equifax - the company that botched your info in the first place.
-Check the Equifax website under "Potential Impact" to see if you've been compromised. Do you have a credit card? A freeze restricts access to your credit report, making it almost impossible for someone to open a new account or line of credit in your name.More news: Oracle Corporation (ORCL) - Jefferies Maintains Rating And Raises Price Target
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Iowans also can visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, a website Equifax established to allow consumers to check if they're affected. You may be among the millions of people whose financial records may have been stolen and that includes your social security number.
Tip #2: Run your credit report.
"When a data breach occurs, our primary concern is protecting Georgia consumers who may have been impacted", Carr said.
It's effective only if you freeze your report reports with all 3 agencies. "Equifax is where they are getting your report from so they have a lot of information", said Chip Filer, Chair of Old Dominion University's Department of Economics. You can freeze your credit file.
Equifax is offering one year of fraud monitoring to everybody.
If you choose to freeze your credit to prevent someone else from opening new accounts in your name, the fee is $10 for Virginia residents and free for North Carolina residents.
The Canadian Press made multiple calls as consumers to Equifax Canada's customer service line and was told that consumers whose credit files were not checked outside of Canada are unlikely to be part of any breach. But if you are really anxious about your credit being misused, this works.