Equifax announces third cyber security breach since 2015

Equifax announces third cyber security breach since 2015

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies, has announced intrusion into the companies data base.

This cyber security breach has the potential to affect up to 143 million Americans. The information hackers gained access to social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, drivers licenses along with credit card numbers of 209,000 consumers.

This is the third major cyber security threat for the agency since 2015. Madison Luscombe with the Better Business Bureau of the South Plains give these tips.

"The number one thing is to remain calm," Luscombe said. "Your information is not stolen yet. We definitely want you to be checking your credit. Make sure that there is not any random inquiries or anything you did not approve of."

The Better Business Bureau also suggests you check with the Equifax website for the latest information and consider putting a credit freeze or fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting agencies.

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