The Equifax mess

The AP business writer is already picking up the vibes. The alleged breach of the Equifax may not be quite what it appears.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/national-business/article171950002.html

Media outlets are directing people to this web site:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

The site is controlled by Equifax and was registered on August 22nd 2017, about 3 weeks ago. It has a search function to see if you may have been impacted by the breach.

It doesn’t matter what name on last 6 digits of a SS# – you will be offered the opportunity to enroll in their identity theft protection program in the next few days, regardless of whether your data was leaked.

My cousin looked more carefully and the legal documents as part of signing up for the complimentary identity theft protection problem includes agreeing to arbitration if you suffered a loss.

There was a time in a simpler America where your city had a local credit bureau who actually knew all of the people that lived in the town and would not be fooled by an illegal Mexican invader pretending to be you.

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2 Responses to The Equifax mess

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    So I wasn’t the only one who typed “smith” and a random number into the search tool to see if the site was generating a fake response. It was, but this afternoon it was returning a real response – but still advertising their identity protection service for people without a problem.

    http://fortune.com/2017/09/09/equifax-hack-crisis/

    Irresponsible conduct creates bad government solutions.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      > “Irresponsible conduct creates bad government solutions.”

      Yes. And Irresponsible government creates bad solutions. The credit industry had based its entire industry on each person having a unique government-issued identifier. With the government letting in all the illegals and not checking citizenship when enrolling them into schools, government handouts, or driving licenses, it created an incentive for them to steal identities.

      Remember, you are violating the law if you don’t check their citizenship before hiring them for nanny services, but government is not responsible for checking before enrolling them into schools, granting in-state tuition, providing financial benefits, or driver’s licenses, or issuing traffic tickets. The incentive is for them to steal identities so they can work even if they are otherwise honest and have no intention of signing up for loans in your name.

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