Quote of the day–Jack London

“I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.”
Jack London, 1903

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Equifax Cyber Security Incident

On July 29, 2017 Equifax discovered that attackers exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access from mid-May through July 2017 to certain data files. On September 7, 2017 they announced to the public that a cyber security incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers occurred.  According to their statement the incident also impacted residents of the UK and Canada.

To put this into perspective the incident impacted approximately 44% of the U.S. population. The information accessed includes:

  • Names
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Birth Dates
  • Addresses
  • Drivers License numbers

In addition some 209,000 consumers had their credit card numbers accessed; as well as some 182,000 had some dispute documentation accessed.

Here is a video statement by the CEO:

The company is offering a year of credit monitoring to consumers, whether or not they were impacted by this incident.

 


Links to sites and more information:

They have also set up a website with their full statement and more information: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

They have a site where you can enter in your last name, and the last 6 digits of your social security number to see if you may have been impacted:  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

Here is the link to the FTC page on placing a Fraud Alerts on your account:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert

 

 

 

Quote of the day–Kahlil Gibran

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
― Kahlil Gibran

 

Quote of the day–General Sherman

“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.” General William Tecumseh Sherman, 1880

 

Quote of the day–Aristotle

“All people by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses. For even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves, and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing, one might say, to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.” Aristotle from Metaphysics 350 B.C.E

 

Quote of the day–Albert Einstein

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”
Albert Einstein, 1947

Quote of the day–Benjamin Franklin

“Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin in a letter to M. Leroy, 1789.

Quote of the day–H.L. Mencken

“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. The are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.”
― H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women, section 13.