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Your social security number probably got leaked and that’s very, very bad (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Saturday, September 09, 2017, 21:10

Corporate hacks and data breaches happen pretty frequently. Target accidentally gave up our credit card info, then some jerks swiped our email data from Yahoo!. The recent data breach from credit bureau Equifax, however, is different. The scope is staggering, involving over 100 million people. Even more troubling is the fact that social security numbers are included in the leaked data. You can change your email password and get a new credit card, but changing your SSN is a painstaking and often expensive process that can ripple through your entire life. Here’s how to proceed now that those nine pesky digits could be floating around the web.

Is your information out there?
According to Equifax, the breach involved 143 million U.S.-based individuals, and the leak included birth dates, addresses, full names, and social security numbers. If you’re an ID thief, you couldn’t ask for much more than that. Equifax has set up a site where you can check to see if they think your ID has been affected, but it requires you to give them your personal information. No thanks.

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