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FTC warns of Equifax phone scam after data breach

FTC warns of Equifax phone scam after data breach

"However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach", spokesman Peter Kaplan said in a brief email statement.

The CAA said Thursday Equifax was its partner on the auto organization's identity protection program, which began in March 2015 and was terminated on July 1, weeks before Equifax discovered the hack on July. 29.

The credit agency said the hack of its cybersecurity system may have affected 143 million consumers and included a trove private information including credit card numbers, names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and more.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers of an Equifax phone scam after the recent data breach. Equifax revealed the breach last week. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 USA consumers, and certain credit dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 US consumers, were accessed. "The Equifax breach is an example of where some simple measures like a Web application firewall and patch management could have prevented a breach of unprecedented scale from occurring". Equifax also hasn't shared any evidence to support this finding. Accounts or activity that you don't recognize could indicate identity theft. It was also responsible for the public website of Equifax. The information is needed to determine if you were affected.

But the company has not provided further details, including how many Canadians may have been exposed.

According to Reuters: "The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations". The FTC says that Equifax does not randomly call customers.

Schumer said Equifax's chief executive officer and board might need to resign if the company does not take concrete steps within the next week to protect consumers and agree to testify before lawmakers and federal regulators. Any number pressed on the keypad can lead to more robocalls.

Some state authorities and several law firms have already announced lawsuits against Equifax.

The Regina business analyst said he trusted them with his personal information and does not understand why it is taking so long to provide more information about the hack. It doesn't take a security expert to know that's a bad idea. Hackers made off with a hoard of critical data on almost half of the US population, including social security numbers, addresses and birth dates.


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