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Over Half of Hoosiers Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Atty. Gen. Hill says you can freeze your credit for free.

INDIANAPOLIS - You may have had your personal information compromised in the Equifax hack that exposed millions of Social Security numbers. Indiana Atty. Gen. Curtis Hill says over half of the people who live in Indiana were affected.

Hill advised Hoosiers to take immediate steps to protect themselves Friday. The data breach affected 143 million Americans nationwide, and 3.8 million Indiana residents, he said in a news release.

Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, divulged Thursday that a cyberattack has compromised such personal customer information as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers

Hill said the Atlanta-based company discovered July 29, that it had been hacked, but did not tell the public it had happened until Thursday. Equifax said company officials were not aware that it had happened at the time.

The Office of Attorney General maintains a website -- http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm -- at which Hoosiers can request a freeze of their credit. There is no charge for this service.

Equifax also has a website at which individuals can check to see if they have been affected – equifaxsecurity2017.com – and which allows people to sign up for free credit monitoring.

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