The Equifax Hack - An Update

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with TradeWinds Realty Group LLC 9054213B

Hi All 

 

The handling of this Equifax Hack is totally out of hand.  

Yesterday I provided information I had gathered  from various medias on this hack notification of our breach of personal information including our names, addresses, social security numbers, and more.

This evening I viewed on the national news that Equifax put a blind disclosure on their site stating that by participating in this protection offered we as consumers are waiving our rights to participate in any class action suite relative to this breach.  Goverment officials and Consumer Advocates have expressed their utter dis-satisfaction with this action on Equifax's part.

We were told to notify Equifax to remove us from their website if this is to void our ability to participate in any class action suite or other actions as a result of the hack of information.

I have done that. I have also registered my disappointment in their handling of this very sad event and distain for the inclusion of such a disclosure on their notification site.

 

I sent my email to: customerservice@equifax.com and also addressed it to the only name I had which is relative to the media disclosures by equifax I mentioned in last nights blog:

Ines Gutzmer

Corporate Communications

mediainquiries@equifax.com

404-885-8555

Please reach out and verify whether your participation nullifys any ability to participate in a class action suite or other actions relative to the breach in our personal information.

 

Regards, MaryBeth

 

 

 

Posted by

MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and Licensed Auctioneer

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change.

The Leader adjusts the sails." -John Maxwell

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

These hacks are the reason I do not do any sensitive work on the internet and I have no sensitive info on my computer

Sep 08, 2017 07:00 PM #1
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With the lack of privacy you can't be too careful anymore. They have done a lousy job on this and the stock and PR fallout will follow them.

Sep 09, 2017 06:39 AM #2
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning MaryBeth. Some things are just too complicated to deal with. If 1/2 of us are impacted.....when can we expect to be made whole.

Sep 09, 2017 07:52 AM #3
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I am literally sick over this whole ordeal and how they are handling it. They have lost all my trust and I'm not happy. There doesn't seem to be a reliable source to go to either to make sure it is legit and that is very concerning. 

Oct 12, 2017 03:43 PM #4
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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Patricia Feager you are not alone, and awaiting the story I saw today on another attack that had not been reported before on Equifax - yet they continue to advertise how they will protect our information, hmmm

Oct 12, 2017 03:48 PM #5
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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

From what I understand, this breach has nothing to do with your own information on your own computer but the core information shared by the credit score agencies like your birth date, social security number etc.  So unless you've never, ever had credit of any kind, it is likely Equifax has this information on you.

Oct 12, 2017 05:39 PM #6
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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MaryBeth - just one in many. Now we have a new round of privacy requirements.  We must protect ourselves.

 

May 29, 2018 09:50 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

MaryBeth I must agree with our friend Grant Schneider  there are so many places we lost our data, Home Depot had a break in to their Data Base, a couple of the big named Banks and the list goes on and on, Endre

Sep 25, 2018 11:01 PM #8
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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Thank you Endre and now Facebook again...it is something we just have to monitor ourselves to ensure our security.,

Oct 02, 2018 02:16 PM #9
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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
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MaryBeth, a little late to this party. I was not aware of that disclosure...best I can do now is just monitor my reports and statements...will also register my complaint with them. The last thing I want to hear from any company is that my info is safe and secure...not even sure how they're able to say that over and over with a straight face.

Dec 18, 2018 03:47 PM #10
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