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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 08, 2017 11:26 am

Verbatim: Equifax breach affects about 3.8 million Hoosiers

The Journal Gazette

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill issued this news release today:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorney General Curtis Hill today advised Hoosiers to take immediate steps to protect themselves in the wake of a data breach affecting customers of Equifax, including up to 143 million Americans nationwide and 3.8 million Indiana residents.

Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, divulged Thursday that a cyberattack has compromised such personal customer information as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. The Atlanta-based company discovered July 29 that it had been hacked, according to media reports, before publicly disclosing the breach more than a month later.

The Office of Attorney General maintains a website -- http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm -- at which Hoosiers can request a freeze of their credit. There is no charge for this service.

Equifax also has a website at which individuals can check to see if they have been affected – equifaxsecurity2017.com – and which allows people to sign up for free credit monitoring.