Sept. 15, 2017
UNT System Employees:
Equifax credit monitoring service recently announced a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting 143 million U.S. consumers (https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com). The information accessed includes names, social security numbers, birthdates and addresses. In some instances, driver’s license and credit card numbers also were stolen. Based on Equifax’s investigation, the data breach occurred from mid-May through July 2017.
Equifax has established the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident and Important Consumer Information website with additional information about this security incident. On this site, customers also may check to see if their personal information was potentially compromised.
If you have confirmed or believe your information is compromised, the following options are available:
- Enroll with a credit monitoring service. In this specific instance, Equifax is offering their credit monitoring service – learn more and/or enroll. When you register, you will be given an enrollment date. You must return to the website on this date to complete your enrollment in the program. Equifax/TrustedID will not send reminders
- Utilize multi-factor authentication for your accounts whenever available.
- Enable account alerts for important accounts, e.g. credit card accounts.
- Monitor your bank and credit card statements closely for suspicious activity.
- If you find evidence that your identity has been stolen, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft program.
- Consider registering for free fraud alerts with all credit bureaus: Equifax, Innovis, Experian, and TransUnion. These free alerts must be renewed every 90 days. An extended fraud alert can be set for a longer time. With fraud alerts, you will be contacted before any credit applications are approved. Alternatively, consider utilizing credit freezes with each of the credit bureaus. If you intend to apply for a loan or credit card, you must provide the PIN given to you during the credit freeze setup process. This service may require a small fee.
- At least once a year, obtain and review your free annual credit reports from Annual Credit Report.com.
- The Federal Trade Commission recommends filing your tax returns early to help prevent fraudulent filings.
Additional information about this security incident is available from Equifax Cybersecurity Incident and Important Consumer Information website.
We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Luis E. Lewin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources