September 8, 2017
On September 8, 2017, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting companies that track and rate the financial history of U.S. consumers, announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting 143 million consumers.
The unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. Information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses. In some instances, Driver’s License numbers may have also been obtained. In addition to personal information, some U.S. consumers may have had credit card numbers or dispute documents exposed. Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents.
If you were one of the people whose credit card numbers or dispute documents were exposed, you will receive a postal mailing from Equifax letting you know you were affected.
Equifax has established a dedicated website (www.equifaxsecurity2017.com) to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted. All consumers, regardless of their impact status, will also be able to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports, copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and internet scanning for Social Security numbers. These services are all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year. You must complete the enrollment process by November 21st. Consumers with additional questions should visit www.equifaxsecurity2017com or call 866-447-7559 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
While, this was not our breach, Torrington Savings Bank is taking every precaution to safeguard your information and accounts. We may ask you for additional information that will help us to verify your identity when interacting with Torrington Savings Bank staff members.
If you find that you have been compromised, please visit the Federal Trade Commission website (www.ftc.gov) to report the theft as well as contacting Torrington Savings Bank at 860-496-2152 or 1-800-232-9581.
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has published this blog post on what to do if you were impacted by the Equifax breach: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do