13 Sep '17, 9pm

Equifax breach could hit troops, families harder than other potential victims

Equifax breach could hit troops, families harder than other potential victims

Active-duty service members among the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax data breach may be more vulnerable to its potential fallout, one consumer advocacy group said. “Since active-duty servicemembers frequently move due to Permanent Change of Station orders, this can make it even harder to quickly learn if they’ve had their identities stolen,” wrote Rohit Chopra, senior fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, in a recent blog . This theft of personal information can create financial nightmares for service members and their families, he said. “If thieves can open accounts with the service member’s knowledge, this can lead to a credit report overflowing with unpaid debts ― a sure way to get a security clearance revoked and short circuit a military career if left unresolved,” he said. Just because you’ve received no notification that your data has been stol...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/mil-money/2017/...

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