Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

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gkaplan
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Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by gkaplan » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:37 am

Equifax emailed me this late last night:

"It is time to take the final steps in enrolling in your free product, TrustedID Premier, by verifying your identity. To do this, you’ll need to answer some questions about yourself. Successfully completing this step will conclude your enrollment process and activate your product.

To verify your identity and activate your product, please click the following link below:


To verify your identity and activate your product, please click the link below: https://trustedidpremier.com/consumer-r ... 5b5f871c1 .

When I click on the link, I get the following web page:
, and Malware blocks the website.
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Re: Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by Sheepdog » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:40 am

gkaplan wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:37 am
Equifax emailed me this late last night:

"It is time to take the final steps in enrolling in your free product, TrustedID Premier, by verifying your identity. To do this, you’ll need to answer some questions about yourself. Successfully completing this step will conclude your enrollment process and activate your product.

To verify your identity and activate your product, please click the following link below:


To verify your identity and activate your product, please click the link below: https://trustedidpremier.com/consumer-r ... 5b5f871c1 .

When I click on the link, I get the following web page:
, and Malware blocks the website.
I just attempted to sign on and my Avast blocked it as malware. How do we get past that? Should we?
People should not say everything they think. They should think about everything they say.

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Re: Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by Tamarind » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:54 am

I would suggest you not get past it. There has been some discussion on Slashdot about whether the site was legit or whether it was vulnerable to hacking. :shock: Not fun to learn AFTER giving them the last 6 digits of SSN.

What is the offer of identity protection going to get you? Is your credit already frozen with Equifax? If so you may not need what they're offering. Either way give it a few days to settle down and carefully verify any links before navigating to them. Can you get the that page from Equifax's home site?

Just remember that now this is public, every tech savvy identity thief out there is in a target rich environment. Millions of people want reassurance and are expecting to have to trade personal info for it.

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Re: Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by downshiftme » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:52 pm

It is generally considered bad security practice to ask customers to log in to a new website instead of the core business website. These kinds of arrangements are too easy to phish and too similar to identity theft scams, so desensitizing users by requiring the bad practice is generally considered a poor practice too.

Getting an email with a link to an unfamiliar website is a common phishing attack and the generally accepted advice is NEVER click such a link, but go back to the known institution website and get contact info from there.

So now Equifax, after suffering what may be the largest security breach in history, is requesting users to use a non-Equifax domain to check if they have been hacked, and if so to use another different non-Equifax domain to enroll in the monitoring service.

This is practically begging for phishing attacks to sprout up using all manner of variations on these names.

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Re: Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by mhalley » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:20 pm

Give this a pass and freeze your credit instead. Sign up for a creditkarma account and my ss account first.
https://www.creditkarma.com/
https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/

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Re: Equifax Customer Information Leak – Link Problem

Post by JSDNJ » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:57 pm

mhalley wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:20 pm
Give this a pass and freeze your credit instead. Sign up for a creditkarma account and my ss account first.
https://www.creditkarma.com/
https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
Why does CK generally get so much hate?

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