What You Need To Know About Equifax Data BreachPosted: Updated:
The Equifax data breach has affected 143 million Americans, including more than 8 million across New York.
"This is basically the Irma of data breaches. It's a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10," said Avivah Litan, cyber security analyst.
The breach took place from mid May through July. Hackers got into Equifax files and hit the mother lode.
"This was names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver license, dates of birth. This is the keys to the kingdom for an identity thief," said Professor Bill Kresse, Governors State University in Illinois.
Now New York's Attorney General warns of scammers looking to take advantage of the breach. He says watch out for phishing emails claiming to be from Equifax.
There are also other phishing emails that claim there's a problem with your credit card or your credit record.
Meanwhile, you should also check your credit reports, consider putting a freeze on any new accounts opened in your name and monitor your accounts closely. And not just now - possibly forever.
"You don't change your birth date. You don't change your Social Security number. Those who have been jeopardized by this hack will have to protect themselves for years, until they're dead," said Kresse.
There is a way to find out if you are affected by the breach. Call the Equifax call center at 866-447-7559 or go to their website.