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If you have been paying attention to the real (not fake) news, you’ve heard that Equifax, one of the giant credit reporting companies was hacked and 200 million personal credit files, including SS numbers, were stolen.

I just put fraud alerts on mine and Gary’s files. I suggest you do the same.

Info from Equifax: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

What’s a fraud alert from the FTC: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert#How

Link to put a free fraud alert on your credit file: https://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/fraudAlert.jsp

Equifax executives dumped their stock before disclosing this breach: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/07/equifax-managers-dumped-stock/

Note to geeks: An unpatched Apache Struts framework was the exploit. The patch was announced on 3/7/2017 and the hack occurred in May, meaning Equifax failed to fix a known vulnerability. Incompetent at the very least, criminally negligent IMHO. Details