The big news this week regarding cyber security is the massive breach to the private information of 143 million people connected with Equifax. The people affected by the data breach live in the United States, Canada and the UK. Their names, social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses were compromised sometime between May and July of this year. Furthermore, 209,000 clients had their credit card information stolen. Chances are that hackers took private information from you or someone you know.
Equifax Inc. is a consumer credit reporting agency headquartered in the United States. It is considered one of the three largest American credit agencies along with Experian and TransUnion. The online security breach damages the reputation of Equifax. There will be lawsuits to deal with as well.
Legal Claims Against Equifax
According to an article in the NY Daily News, two New York women, who claim to be Equifax customers, have already started the legal process to receive compensation. Their lawyers say the women “live in constant fear,” worried that they might be victims of identity theft because of Equifax’s data breach. Linda Tirelli and Brooke Merino filed a claim against Equifax on Monday. They allege that the credit reporting agency “failed to properly safeguard the information.”
Tirelli and Merino’s lawyers claim their client’s information was compromised during the hacker’s data attack. Reportedly, eight million New York residents were impacted. The Manhattan Federal Court suit, which seeks class action status, maintains Equifax dropped the ball. It states that they didn’t protect consumers. It also alleges that they failed to give clients enough notice about the breach — violating state and federal law. Usually, data breaches are disclosed via a company’s press release, which quickly reaches offline, radio, TV, and online news outlets.
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