Goldman Scarlato & Penny, on behalf of the firm’s clients and over 140 million American consumers whose private information was compromised by the hacking of Equifax’s database, filed a class action complaint in federal court in Atlanta, Georgia seeking to hold Equifax accountable for failing to protect consumers’ private data.  To review the complaint click here.

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a “cybersecurity incident potentially affecting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers” through which hackers gained access to consumers’ highly sensitive private information.

Equifax claims that the data breach began in mid-May and continued through July of 2017, and that individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses, and in some cases drivers license and credit card numbers, were stolen.

Anyone whose social security number has been stolen needs to be concerned about identity theft. Victims of other data breaches have had false tax returns filed in their names, experienced fraudulent charges including claims for health care coverage, and received bills for credit card charges they did not make.

Equifax did not announce the data breach until September 7, 2017 although it admits it discovered the breach more than a month prior on July 29. This means consumers were exposed to, and were unaware of potential identify theft during that time. Even more egregious, before making the announcement but after the breach was discovered, Equifax executives sold thousands of shares of Equifax’s stock.

Equifax has created a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, where consumers can enter their last names and the last six numbers of their Social Security numbers to determine if their data was compromised.

This is the second time this year Equifax has been in the news this year for a data breach. In May, the company revealed a breach of W-2 payroll data from its subsidiary TALX.

If your private information was compromised, please contact a GSP attorney to learn more about your rights. GSP’s Data Breach lawyers have years of experience fighting for people harmed by data breaches, including data breaches at Anthem, Inc., 21st Century Oncology, Community Health Systems, Inc., Athens Orthopedic Clinic, PA, Premera, Intuit, Medical Informatics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, United Shore, Xerox Mortgage Services, and Target Corporation. Please fill in your contact information and an attorney will contact you promptly. Or, you can email Mark Goldman directly at goldman@lawgsp.com or call Mr. Goldman toll free at (888) 872-6975.