Marylanders react to Equifax data breach
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - As Equifax continues to deal with the aftermath from the data breach that exposed more than 140 million Americans, people are turning to “credit freezing” to protect themselves.
According to a letter from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith, the data breach affected approximately 3 million Marylanders.
Frosh is among those urging consumers to take steps to protect their identity.
Serious fallout over Equifax with consumers concerned now about what they should be doing to protect themselves after that hard-hitting data breach.
In Roland Park, Glenn Trebay said he jumped on the phone immediately to the three major credit bureaus - Equifax, Transunion and Experian - to put a freeze on his credit profile, "so only true people looking at things I need to get can get in, and not potential wrong doers."
This summer, hackers made off with the most crucial tools that identity thieves need to impersonate you. Thieves stole names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers.
In Mount Vernon, attorney Joshua Bier with Platinum Law Group said: “I was scared for my own information.”
He said he’s already taking clients as part of a class action lawsuit against Equifax.
Bier believes the company should be held accountable for the breach.
"If we let them get away with it, then the next big company might do the same thing. They might also be lax, they might also perform an act of negligence," said Bier.
For now, Trebay said he won’t sue. Still, he said getting protection against what happened can be a pain.
"It's frustrating for certain, but luckily in this case, there's steps that can be taken," he said.