News and details of this breach are just beginning to come out but it’s going to be a doozy. The things to understand here are 1) “customers” are anyone and everyone who has a credit card, ever had a loan of any type, etc and thus has a credit rating — you’re likely a “customer” even if you’ve never had any direct interaction with Equifax or have ever even heard of them; and 2) the quantity and quality of the details the hackers know about the victims of this breach are deep and personal — our social security numbers, previous addresses, entire credit history — all the information you are often asked to provide in order to prove you are you.
Elizabeth is a self-professed geek with a weakness for Big Shiny Things. And chocolate. She has a BA in Interpersonal Dynamics & Transformative Systems. Her passion is helping clients transform their relationship with money and achieve new levels of financial wellness. Her mission is to be an agent of change in the areas of personal finance and financial advising. Elizabeth and her husband share an empty nest in the Denver, CO, metro area. If you see her out running errands on her fat-tire e-bike, please don't honk.