Money Equifax hack fallout limited for Canadians

10:08  14 september  2017
10:08  14 september  2017 Source:   MSN

Canadians in the dark after Equifax hack

  Canadians in the dark after Equifax hack TORONTO - Canadians are asking questions in the aftermath of the Equifax hack because they are more in the dark about whether they have been victims than consumers in the U.S. Consumers in the U.S. can check their status on a website that shows whether they are at risk as well as monitor their files for free because the company waived a charge in the wake of the data breach. But that website doesn't work for Canadians and the Equifax Canada website says it costs $19.95 per month for the same monitoring service.

Equifax data breach: Tips for Canadians whose info may have been hacked . ABOVE: Equifax says hackers may have stolen personal information — including social security and credit card numbers — from as many as 143 million customers.

“ Limited personal information” from residents in Canada and the U.K. was also accessed, it said. Equifax Canada spokesperson Tom Carroll said the company is not providing any further information on the impact of the hack in Canada .

TORONTO - Equifax Canada's customer service agents are telling callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to be affected by the massive hack announced last week.

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10,000 Canadians might be Equifax hack victims:CAA

  10,000 Canadians might be Equifax hack victims:CAA TORONTO - The Canadian Automobile Association says it is informing about 10,000 of its members that they may have had sensitive data compromised by the massive Equifax cybersecurity breach. The CAA said Thursday Equifax was its partner on the auto organization's identity protection program, which began in March 2015 and was terminated on July 1, weeks before Equifax discovered the hack on July. 29. The program required members to register their personal information such as credit cards, banking information and email address, with the option of providing a social insurance number.

Credit reporting giant Equifax has yet to reveal how many Canadians had their personal information hacked over the spring and summer when the company’s database was breached. Equifax discovered the hack July 29 but waited until Thursday to warn consumers that criminals exploited a U.S. website

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The credit monitoring company's call centre staff say that Canadians who have Equifax accounts in the U.S. could be at risk of having their data compromised, such as those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.

The Canadian Press made multiple calls as consumers to Equifax Canada's customer service line and were told that consumers whose credit files were not checked outside of Canada are unlikely to be part of any breach.

Equifax Canada did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Equifax said last Thursday a security breach occurred over the summer that compromised the private information of up to 143 million Americans, along with an undisclosed number of Canadians. But the company has been tight-lipped about further details, including how many Canadians may have been exposed.

Equifax will update Canadians on cyberattack

  Equifax will update Canadians on cyberattack TORONTO - Equifax Canada said Monday it plans to provide an update this week on the impact of its massive data breach it, but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised. The credit data company told The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada's privacy watchdog, which announced an investigation into the cyberattack on Friday. "We intend to share an update with Canadians this week that will include how we intend to notify any potentially impacted individuals," an Equifax Canada spokesperson said in an email.

The recent Equifax hack primarily affected customers in the U.S., but Canadians are concerned that services responsible for protecting personal finances are themselves vulnerable.

Updated: September 8, 2017 11:06 am. Equifax hacked : Canadians among those exposed by credit monitoring company’s data breach. Equifax warned that hackers also may have some “ limited personal information” about British and Canadian residents.

Equifax Canada's website says that "only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected" and "the breach is contained."

"We are working night and day to assess what happened," the credit monitoring company says on its Canadian website.

Canadian and American credit files must be kept separate due to differences in the various laws within the U.S. and Canada, according to the Equifax Canada website.

However, American companies can pull Canadians' files in Canada with consumers' permission, according to credit risk expert Mike Morley.

"Let's say you're a Canadian applying for a mortgage in the U.S. for your cottage... They will make a decision based on your Canadian credit information," Morley said.

That would generate a U.S. credit file for the consumer, he said.

Morley added that Canadians who live and work south of the border would have their credit history in Canada in various situations, including when applying for a credit card, or even by a potential employer or landlord.

Equifax data breach may affect nearly half the US population .
Hackers steal sensitive personal information on up to 143 million people from the credit reporting firm.Equifax, a prominent credit reporting firm, said Thursday that it was hacked from mid-May to July, with thieves stealing names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses from its customers.

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