Credit monitoring company Equifax revealed yesterday (September 7th) that it was hit by a breach between mid-May and July that exposed sensitive information about 143 million Americans, including Social Security numbers, putting them at risk for identity theft.
Equifax, which is one of the three major U.S. credit bureaus, said that also taken in the theft were names, birth dates, addresses and in some cases, driver's license numbers.
Although Equifax discovered the breach on July 29th, this is the first time they've revealed it publicly and warned consumers. A website has been set up for people to check if their information may have been stolen, which also offers free credit monitoring for a year.
You don't have to enroll in the credit monitoring to check your information. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559.