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Monday, January 15, 2018

Equifax isn’t going to like new Senate bill


Two senators unveil a bill to impose tighter regulations and hefty penalties for future data breaches.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Equifax Says It Will Hand Over New York Data Breach Info


A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based credit reporting agency Equifax said the company would comply with a demand by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado for information on a July data breach that was made public in September.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Online Identity Theft


Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. It's important to make sure your year-end shopping spree isn't spoiled by cybersecurity threats, hackers or scammers. 

Contact us immediately if you discover any unfamiliar entries on your credit report and suspect your identity has been stolen. We represent consumers on contingency to obtain a permanently corrected report and, in many cases, compensation for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Meet the man who used to steal your identity


Brett Johnson made his living profiting from stolen identities. Like yours.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Data Breaches


Data breaches are a common source of identity theft and can devastate your credit score.  Check your credit reports for free at 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Equifax says 2.5M additional individuals potentially victimized during data breach


In the wake of Equifax’s breach, the credit agency hired Mandiant to conduct a review. Mandiant’s review concluded that an additional 2.5 million consumers were subject to the breach, bringing the total to 145.5 million. “Equifax said it will mail notices to all potentially impacted individuals that have been identified since the Sept.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Equifax interim CEO pens apology after data breach

Dominick Tavella, of Diversified Financial Consultants, suggests that consumers sign up for credit alerts in order to protect against unwarranted issuances of credit, resulting from the Equifax breach. Tavella cautions consumers about Equifax’s offer to provide credit monitoring free for a year, as the information gained through the data breach may not be used (or if it is used, discovered) within the next year.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Why Equifax will continue to profit by selling your personal information


Equifax’s former CEO is testifying before Congress this week. In spite of the potential for great harm to consumers, industry-insiders expect little regulatory change in the wake of Equifax’s breach. The fact that credit is such an integral piece of the economy, generally—and the degree to which the economy relies upon a functioning credit reporting system—radical changes are unlikely anytime soon.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out after stunning data breach


Richard Smith, the beleaguered CEO of Equifax, has stepped down from his post. Apart from referring to Smith's exit as a “retirement,” Equifax makes no effort to conceal the reasons for his departure. Since Equifax’s data breach was made public earlier this month, “[a]s much as one-third of Equifax's market value [has] vanished;” the corporation remains under investigation by a handful of  attorneys general, in addition to the FTC; and, its efforts to work with consumers in response to the breach has been dismal. 

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cuomo Proposes Stricter Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies


NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announces new regulations for credit reporting agencies. Referring to July’s Equifax breach as “a wake-up call,” Cuomo said that NY will hold the credit industry to the same scrutiny as banks and other financial industries who do business in the state. Credit reporting agencies will be required to register with the Dep’t of Financial Services—which will have the authority to sue “if a company fails to comply or engages in prohibited practices deemed unfair, deceptive or predatory.”

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