The U.S. Justice Department has charged four members of the Chinese military in connection with the Equifax data breach, in which about 145 million Americans had their personal information stolen. The data stolen includes Social Security and driver’s license numbers, names, and addresses from Equifax, a national consumer credit reporting agency. The accused hackers are based in China and none are in custody. U.S. officials hope the criminal charges will act as a deterrent to foreign hackers.
To protect yourself from possible identity theft, make sure to pull your most recent credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com and review the reports carefully for any inaccuracies or fraudulent credit information. If the banks and credit bureaus fail to update the inaccurate information, you should hire a Las Vegas identity theft lawyer to represent you. You should also initiate fraud alerts on your reports and to notify the appropriate governmental entities.
Lawsuits related to identity theft and credit inaccuracies can be brought at no out-of-pocket expense because federal law requires the banks and credit bureaus to cover your attorney’s fees and costs if you are successful. You may also receive compensation for actual damages (loan denials, loss of credit limits, etc.) and statutory damages of up to $1,000 per defendant.