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5 things to do right now if you're worried about the Equifax hack

5 things to do right now if you're worried about the Equifax hack

Finance
Equifax hack: What you need to knowLet's face it. There's a good chance your personal information was exposed during the Equifax data breach. The names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver's license numbers for 143 million people may have been accessed. That kind of information could be used by someone else to open bank accounts, credit cards and loans in your name. The credit card numbers of an additional 209,000 people were also accessed. Those people will be notified directly. Everyone else must go to a website created by Equifax and submit their last name and last six digits of their Social Security number to find out if they were affected. If you're concerned about whether your information has landed in the hands of hackers, here are five things you can do ri...
Equifax data hack 'an unmitigated disaster'

Equifax data hack 'an unmitigated disaster'

Business
A cyber attack on a credit rating agency threatening the data of up to 44 million people in the UK has been branded an "unmitigated disaster" by security experts.The response of US-based Equifax to the massive breach, in which it lost the personal information of 143 million people to hackers, has also been criticised.The hack compromised a wealth of personal data, including names, birthdays, addresses and social security numbers - as well as credit card numbers for more than 200,000 people.The firm admitted UK consumers were affected by the breach but did not say how many, however the company is understood to hold the data of 44 million British consumers.Video:Minister says it is 'incredibly important' people know how to react to hackBritish customers of companies, including BT, Capital On...
Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack

Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack

Technology
Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the social security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. The theft obtained consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. Such sensitive information can be enough for crooks to hijack the identities of people whose credentials were stolen through no fault of their own, potentially wreaking havoc on the victims' lives. Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers. ...
Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Technology
Power firms around the world are being warned about how to spot if they are being targeted by hackers who shutdown parts of Ukraine's electricity grid.The warnings have emerged from analysis of the malware used in an attack in Ukraine in December.That left about 230,000 people without power for hours after substations were shut down via implanted malware.The move comes as researchers at Black Hat and Def Con reveal ways power firms are lax on security.Immediate risk"Power grid operators need to be aware that these styles of events are out there and they need to prepare for them," said Robert M Lee of Dragos Security during a talk at the Black Hat show which detailed its work to analyse the malware used in the Ukraine attack.Ukraine suffered two attacks on its network - one in March 2015 an...
Linkin Park star's wife falls victim to SICK Twitter hack after his suicide

Linkin Park star's wife falls victim to SICK Twitter hack after his suicide

Entertainment
Chester Bennington was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday July 20, shortly before 9am.The singer had openly struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life.Now, Bennington's wife Talinda's Twitter account appears to have been hacked following his tragic death.During Thursday evening, a number of strange messages appeared on her account.TWITTERSHOCKING: Chester Bennington's wife has been hacked on TwitterStars we've lost in 2017 The famous faces we've lost so far in 2017.HBO True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged just 39 GETTYTRAGIC: Chester Bennington took his own lifeAfter just minutes, the first three messages were deleted.A short while later, a fourth tweet appeared and was almost immediately removed.After a further 3