• hacking Feb 11, 2020

    China Denies Cyber Theft Following Equifax Accusations

    China is denying involvement in any hacking activities after the United States indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of people

  • hacking Feb 10, 2020

    US Says Chinese Military Stole Americans' Data in Equifax Breach

    Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history. The 2017 breach affected roughly 145 million people, with the hackers successfully stealing names,...

  • Equifax Feb 10, 2020

    Equifax Data Breach Settlement: Deadline to File a Claim is Here

    If you were among the 147 million Americans who had their Social Security number and other private information exposed by the 2017 Equifax data breach, the deadline to file a claim for free credit monitoring or compensation is Wednesday.

  • California Aug 3, 2019

    ID Theft Stings, But It's Hard to Pin on Specific Data Hacks

    Equifax 2017. Marriott 2018. Capital One 2019. Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But it’s hard to pin the blame on any specific hack, as the most sophisticated criminals combine data from multiple attacks to better impersonate...

  • United States Aug 1, 2019

    FTC on Equifax Settlement: Choose Free Credit Monitoring Over Cash Payout

    It seems the Federal Trade Commission was a little too efficient at getting the word out about how consumers could claim up to $125 if they were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach. The government agency announced Thursday that because too many people have filed claims, the chances of actually receiving as much as $125 have greatly decreased. The...

  • Donald Trump Jul 31, 2019

    Capital One Data Breach: What You Need to Know

    One of the country’s biggest credit card issuers, Capital One Financial, is the latest big business to be hit by a data breach, disclosing that roughly 100 million people had some personal information stolen by a hacker. The alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, obtained Social Security and bank account numbers in some instances, as well other information such as names,...

  • driver Jul 26, 2019

    Were You Hit by the Equifax Data Breach? Here's How to File a Claim for Reimbursement

    The Equifax data breach of 2017 exposed the information of over 147,000,000 people — and if you were one of those people, you can now file a claim for reimbursement.

  • United States Jul 23, 2019

    What You Should Know About the Equifax Settlement

    Nearly 150 million people could be affected by the largest-ever settlement for a data breach.

  • United States Jul 26, 2019

    Equifax Data Breach Settlement: What You Should Know

    Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The proposed settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, if approved by the federal district court Northern District of Georgia, will provide up to $425...

  • Facebook Feb 26, 2019

    California May Broaden Far-Reaching Data Privacy Law

    California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the attorney general Monday to expand what already is the nation’s most far-reaching law protecting personal information.

  • Canada Nov 30, 2018

    So You Stayed at a Starwood Hotel: Tips on Data Breach

    If you stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood hotels in recent years, hackers might have information on your address, credit card and even your passport. The company said Friday the information of as many as 500 million guests at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott discovered that unauthorized access to data within its Starwood network has been taking place...

  • United States Nov 30, 2018

    So You Stayed at a Starwood Hotel: Tips on Data Breach

    If you stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood hotels in recent years, hackers might have information on your address, credit card and even your passport. The company said Friday the information of as many as 500 million guests at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott discovered that unauthorized access to data within its Starwood network has been taking place...

  • United States Sep 22, 2018

    Finally, You Can Freeze Your Credit For Free

    U.S. consumers may now freeze their credit file without any fees. A new federal law that took effect Sept. 21, 2018 requires free freezes.

  • United States Sep 22, 2018

    New Law Making Credit Freezes Free Nationwide Takes Effect Friday

    Credit freezes and unfreezes with the three major credit reporting agencies will now be free for consumers as a federal law passed in response to the Equifax data breach goes into effect Friday. Beginning Sept. 21, consumers can freeze their credit file with TransUnion, Experian and Equifax, without paying any fees. Credit freezes helps prevent identity thieves from opening lines...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 27, 2018

    Your Credit Score May Have Just Gone Up. Here's Why

    Your credit report might be getting a makeover. And the three-digit credit score we all carry around, which can determine how likely we are to get a favorable loan to buy a house or a car, could be moving up as a result. The reason behind the potential boost is a change in the way the three major credit rating...

  • California Jun 29, 2018

    Sweeping Data Privacy Bill Approved in California

    California will soon have what experts call the nation’s most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data under a bill the governor signed Thursday. The law will compel companies to tell customers upon request what personal data they’ve collected, why it was collected and what categories of third parties have received it.

  • Donald Trump May 23, 2018

    Congress Passes Bill Rolling Back Key Post-Crisis Bank Rules

    Congress moved to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 on Tuesday to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark law a...

  • driver May 10, 2018

    Equifax Now Says Some Passport Information Was Stolen in Breach

    Equifax acknowledged a relatively small number of passport images and information were stolen as part of last year’s security breach, despite previously denying such a thing occurred. The credit monitoring company said 3,200 passport images were stolen last year, according to a letter sent last week by lawyers representing Equifax to the Senate Banking Committee. That’s compared to the 148...

  • driver Mar 28, 2018

    Equifax Hires Former GE Exec Mark Begor as New CEO

    Equifax tapped longtime financial industry executive Mark Begor as its new permanent CEO, the company said Wednesday, as Equifax continues to try to recover from fallout surrounding the company’s massive data breach. The 59-year-old Begor will take over from Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., who became interim CEO in September when Richard Smith stepped down from the post. Smith’s departure...

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2018

    Can Facebook Restore Public Trust After Privacy Scandal?

    It’s a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success — public trust. Facebook is confronting a costly, embarrassing public relations debacle after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have misused data from some 50 million users to try to influence elections. Among its marquee clients: President Donald Trump’s general election campaign. Now a company known as much...

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