If you’ve been involved in a Michigan divorce proceeding, don’t take the recent Equifax cybersecurity breach lightly. Why? Because the breach may impact you.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax — a nationwide credit reporting company — announced that it was the victim of one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history. According to the official statement that was released on the Equifax cybersecurity breach, the personal information of some 143 million Americans has potentially been exposed.
If you’ve been a party in a Michigan domestic relations proceeding, it’s important that you check to see whether your personal information has been compromised by the Equifax cybersecurity breach. Why should you check? Because credit reports are frequently obtained from companies like Equifax during divorce proceedings and other family law matters.
“In my practice, I encourage that credit reports be run,” said Lansing family law attorney Jackie Dupler. “Unfortunately, some people just don’t know what credit cards their spouse may have taken out in their name, and a credit report helps identify this information.”
Notably, not only do companies like Equifax receive data about loans and credit cards, but they also obtain information on child support payments, credit limits, missed rental and utility payments, and employer history. All these factors affect a person’s credit score.
Equifax Cybersecurity Breach: Compromised Information
Equifax has indicated that, from mid-May through July 2017, cyber criminals gained unauthorized access to names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers.
Equifax also said that credit card numbers for some 209,000 U.S. customers were compromised, as was personal identifying information for about 182,000 U.S. customers who are involved in credit report disputes.
According to Equifax, it is mailing notices to those people whose credit cards or documents were affected by the cybersecurity breach.
If you’re concerned that your personal information has been compromised, click here to access Equifax’s “potentially impacted” web page.
Need assistance with a Michigan divorce or other domestic relations issue? The Sinas Dramis Family Law Division is here to help. Contact our Michigan family law attorneys today for a free initial consultation. Or call 866-758-0031.