How to fix identity-theft issues posed by the Equifax hack - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

How to fix identity-theft issues posed by the Equifax hack

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - The Equifax breach didn't just expose sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans.
    
It also underscored the huge vulnerabilities that make identity theft possible.
    
Experts have warned for years that the widespread use of Social Security numbers, lax corporate security, and even looser individual password practices could lead to an identity-theft apocalypse.
    
The Equifax attack was particularly damaging. Intruders made off with the information needed to pose as ordinary citizens and defraud them. They did so with data for roughly 44 percent of the U.S. population.
    
Some advocates want to outlaw the use of Social Security numbers by private companies, or even by any government agency outside of the Social Security Administration.
    
But it may be too late. Even before the Equifax breach, millions were already exposed from other hacks.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • TrendingMore>>

  • Wyoming's Black Footed Ferrets introduced to new national park in Argentina

    Wyoming's Black Footed Ferrets introduced to new national park in Argentina

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:46:12 GMT

    Wyoming’s Black Footed Ferrets, and Yellowstone’s wolves may have inspired the return of wildlife to a new national park in Argentina. Organizers are calling it the largest reintroduction program in the Americas. The 2,000,000 acre park, called Ibera, is now home again to animals that had been extinct there for many years. 

    Wyoming’s Black Footed Ferrets, and Yellowstone’s wolves may have inspired the return of wildlife to a new national park in Argentina. Organizers are calling it the largest reintroduction program in the Americas. The 2,000,000 acre park, called Ibera, is now home again to animals that had been extinct there for many years. 

  • Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

    Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:18 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:18:44 GMT

    Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

    Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

  • Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

    Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 6:32 PM EDT2017-09-19 22:32:13 GMT

    Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, says it will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

    Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, says it will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mountain lion spotted in Laurel

    Mountain lion spotted in Laurel

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:53 PM EDT2017-09-20 16:53:28 GMT

    A mountain lion has been spotted in Laurel multiple times over the past week. 

    A mountain lion has been spotted in Laurel multiple times over the past week. 

  • Police Officer Fights to Keep Service Dog

    Police Officer Fights to Keep Service Dog

    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:51 AM EDT2017-09-21 04:51:08 GMT

    A police officer in Red Lodge is suing the city tonight and is fighting to keep her K-9 companion.

    A police officer in Red Lodge is suing the city tonight and is fighting to keep her K-9 companion.

  • Police: Craigslist attacker intended to become serial killer

    Police: Craigslist attacker intended to become serial killer

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:13:30 GMT
    Police: Craigslist attacker intended to become serial killerPolice: Craigslist attacker intended to become serial killer

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 24-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a man she met on Craigslist, telling authorities she had plans to become a serial killer. The Daily Herald reports Amy Caroline Brown entered her plea Friday. Brown told a Lynnwood sergeant in January that she planned to kill the 29-year-old man, and then rip his heart out and eat it. Police say Brown stabbed the man in the chest before he escaped the motel 

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 24-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to kill a man she met on Craigslist, telling authorities she had plans to become a serial killer. The Daily Herald reports Amy Caroline Brown entered her plea Friday. Brown told a Lynnwood sergeant in January that she planned to kill the 29-year-old man, and then rip his heart out and eat it. Police say Brown stabbed the man in the chest before he escaped the motel 

  • Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

    Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:18 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:18:44 GMT

    Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

    Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

  • Deputies recover Gator UTV stolen from Elder Grove School

    Deputies recover Gator UTV stolen from Elder Grove School

    Thursday, September 21 2017 2:55 PM EDT2017-09-21 18:55:10 GMT
    Klebe says this is a photo of the thief.Klebe says this is a photo of the thief.

    Elder Grove Schools is asking for your help in locating their stolen Gator.

    Elder Grove Schools is asking for your help in locating their stolen Gator.

  • School claims 5-year-old California boy made bomb threat

    School claims 5-year-old California boy made bomb threat

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 6:58 PM EDT2017-09-20 22:58:24 GMT

    MODESTO, Calif. - A 5-year-old boy from Modesto, California, was suspended for a day after he reportedly told his teacher he had a bomb in his backpack. The boy's parents say the incident happened last month at Great Valley Charter School. His teacher told Jackson Riley to take off is backpack and he told his teacher he couldn't because he had a bomb and it would explode if he took it off. 

    MODESTO, Calif. - A 5-year-old boy from Modesto, California, was suspended for a day after he reportedly told his teacher he had a bomb in his backpack. The boy's parents say the incident happened last month at Great Valley Charter School. His teacher told Jackson Riley to take off is backpack and he told his teacher he couldn't because he had a bomb and it would explode if he took it off. 

  • Billings human trafficking trial continued until 2018

    Billings human trafficking trial continued until 2018

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:25 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:25:14 GMT

    A federal judge has continued the trial of Terrance Tyrell Edwards until January 29, 2018. Edwards was arrested on Human Trafficking charges involving three minors. in Billings last year.

    A federal judge has continued the trial of Terrance Tyrell Edwards until January 29, 2018. Edwards was arrested on Human Trafficking charges involving three minors. in Billings last year.

  • Flood-Damaged Vehicle Scam Warning

    Flood-Damaged Vehicle Scam Warning

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:05 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:05:25 GMT

    Tips on how to not fall victim to scammers who take flood-damaged vehicles and make them look like new.

    Tips on how to not fall victim to scammers who take flood-damaged vehicles and make them look like new.