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Stay Alert! Equifax Data Breach

On September 7th, Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the US, announced a security breach that resulted in the exposure of personal data for 143 million individuals. The breach involved full names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver’s license numbers. With a breach of this size, it is likely that members of our community are impacted.

The Federal Trade Commission has established a website for guidance on what to do regarding the Equifax data breach:

What You Can Do

We encourage you to be vigilant and proactive to protect your personal data. If you are concerned about identity theft, you might consider placing a freeze on your credit report. Credit freezes prevent stolen information from being used to open new accounts in your name by restricting access to your accounts.

Freeze your credit for the best protection.

Here’s how:

Identity Theft

In the event your information is used to open fraudulent accounts, contact your local police department and file a report right away. Once a police report has been filed, contact the creditor(s) by phone regarding any fraudulent accounts and request to speak with the security or fraud department. Inform them you have been the victim of identity theft.

As with any sizable breach, criminals have already started fraud operations to take advantage of people who may have been impacted. Be on guard for phishing emails, fake websites, and other scammer techniques. If you need information from Equifax, we recommend you contact Equifax directly by phone at 1-800-525-6285

UC ARAG Legal Plan

If you have enrolled in the UC ARAG Legal plan as part of your benefits, they offer free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.


Isaac Straley
Chief Information Security Office – Risk and Compliance
Office of Information Technology

Tawny Luu
Executive Director – Policy and Public Records
Campus Privacy Official

Sri Bharadwaj
Director, Information Services and CISO
UC Irvine Health