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#Equifax says it’s overwhelmed. Its #customers say they are getting the runaround.

Many Americans are worried that they might be vulnerable to identity theft after the Equifax breach.

By Michelle Singletary
Columnist
September 19, 2017

I’m still waiting on Equifax to give me what it promised.

Like millions of others, I was informed by the credit bureau that my personal financial information may have been compromised by the company’s recent epic data breach.

The Equifax debacle posed a quadruple threat, exposing people’s addresses, birth dates, social security and driver’s license numbers. Data for 143 million consumers is now out there, quite probably being used to commit identity theft.

To reassure consumers that it was handling this mess, Equifax set up a dedicated website to answer questions and offer free credit monitoring through TrustedID Premier: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

[What did Equifax executives know and when did they know it?]

I went to the site. Here’s what Equifax promises from this premier service:

— A copy of your Equifax credit report.

— Automated alerts of key changes to your account files with Equifax and the other two major bureaus, Experian and TransUnion.

— Ability to lock and unlock your Equifax credit report.

— Scanning of suspicious websites to see if your Social Security number is found.

— $1 million worth of identity theft insurance, which is supposed to help pay for certain out-of-pocket expenses if your identity is ever stolen.

I’ve used credit monitoring in the past, but I did not find it useful, so I’ve been on my own keeping watch over my information. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to get the free protection for a year, right? I mostly just wanted the locking feature.

I was told what to expect: “You will receive an email with a link to finalize your enrollment and activate your product. Please be patient. Due to the high volume of requests, emails may be delayed. If you have not received your email within a few days, please check your spam and junk folders. Thank you again; we appreciate your patience!”

I was told it could take up to 72 hours.

Six days and counting and I’ve still not received a link. I checked and double-checked my spam folder. Nothing.

And I’m not alone.

[After massive Equifax breach, let’s make it free to freeze your credit]

Nikolaos from Virginia, like so many other readers nationwide who reached out to me, also complained of not being able to successfully enroll. He also is frustrated that he hasn’t been able to put a freeze on his Equifax file, which many security experts are advising. A credit freeze will lock out new lenders from seeing your credit report. (Lenders and companies you already have a business relationship with can still see your file.)

“The credit freeze requested me to first enter all my information, only to deny the freeze and requiring me to send that same information via regular mail,” Nikolaos wrote.

Another reader, Lornie, had a similar experience. “I’ve been trying for three days and five times.”

Tim from Massachusetts hasn’t been successful either. He got this message: “To ensure delivery of our emails to your inbox, please add no-reply@trustedid.com to your address book.”

He did and made some headway. He got a link to complete the enrollment. But when he clicked it, he was asked for a username and password. He hadn’t been prompted to set up either.

He called what is supposed to be the dedicated call center for the breach — 866-447-7559.

“I got a human who told me they were overwhelmed with calls and I should try again in a few days,” he said. “I did so and got the same result. I am really unsure what to do at this point and dread having my identity stolen. In a bit of a panic.”

Equifax keeps apologizing for the delays. At one point the company said it faced difficulties because of Hurricane Irma.

“We are experiencing a high volume of requests for security freezes, and have experienced some technical issues,” a spokesperson emailed me. “We are working diligently to ensure an improved consumer experience.”

I get it. The company is overwhelmed. Still, do better.

It is not too much to demand (because we are way past the polite phase of asking) that the company hire as many people as it needs and/or amp up its online system so that it can handle the volume of requests from folks potentially harmed by the company’s failure to protect their personal information.

Further, given the delays, Equifax needs to extend the arbitrary Nov. 21 cutoff to sign up for the identity theft protection service. Keep enrollment open as long as it takes to sign up people who were harmed.

And perhaps a name change is in order for its TrustedID Premier service. We did trust the company and look where we are.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2017/09/19/equifax-says-its-overwhelmed-its-customers-say-they-are-getting-the-runaround/?noredirect=on


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It took more time for the #Developers to create the #Algorithm that blocked me, than the interest in answering a vocal #SocialMedia user, banding with others Action Blocked users, to bring #instagram and #DeleteInstagram back to the #News and #Trending. #SoSimple but instead…

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#PrivateSecurity #Comapaines used for #Gangstalking – #BigBrother #Michigan

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These guys are the largest private security company in the world. I’m certain they are behind my gangstalking. G4S is in cahoots with corrupt cops and firemen, perhaps Freemasons. Organized Stalking has to be federally funded. Private contractors like G4S that specialize in surveillance are given big contracts to mess with people, drive them batty.

Says’ Mystic Banana.

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“#Instagram” Kindly explain which #Policy we violated to not even be able to like back on posts? This is clearly not an #Algorithm problem anymore. You’re targeting us because we have a platform of our own. This is #Discrimination. Please stop blocking us. We’re nowhere near as big as you! 😡

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How #AnonymousBitesBack wages a #WarAgainstCensorship 🚫🎙 MUST SEE! #RT #TheGreyCouncil #BinarySec #anonfamily #Anonymous #Anon #OPisis #CtrlSec #ISIShunters #IntelGroup #infosec

This article is about our friends from Anonymous Bites Back http://anonymousbitesback.com, a group of free speech activists who fight back against censorship on the internet.

Most of our readers probably know that independent podcasts are going through a difficult time online right now. The major social media have embarked on an effective censorship campaign to silence dissident voices on the internet. It started with Facebook giving a lot of trouble for groups of a certain political side. Pages were removed, others were shadowbanned and receive pretty much no reach anymore. At first many people were embracing it, because it didn’t happen on their side yet. They were unaffected.

And then it changed. Suddenly everyone with a voice that wasn’t accepted by the “main stream” was being targetted. And after Facebook, the website Twitter started to do the same. It caused people to freak out. Resulting in the word shadowbanning becoming a new “internet dictionary” word, because it is the discussion of the day.

A lot of the victims of this campaign give up and choose to find their place elsewhere. Many new alternative websites are being created, like Mewe.com and Worldie.co. Normally this would be a good thing, but not when it results out of necessity. The major social media networks are attempting to silence free speech in a very serious way. The solutions are there, but the masses are not yet using these websites. So it creates tiny islands and especially for activists this is very difficult to deal with.

But not all of the broadcasters are giving up. Anonymous Bites Back is different. With a panel consisting of free speech activists and technology enthusiasts from around the world, they chose to fight back. At first they were silenced on Facebook. And they started to invent ways to get around the oppressive algorithms, by utilizing their audience as well. Then the same happened on Youtube, with their streaming capabilities being fully disabled for 90 days, without any reason.

Eventually they started to decentralize. Anonymous Bites Back developed a system independent from all social media, able to broadcast to all of the sites at once whenever they go live. This means that they no longer depend on any individual net, but they will just have their live stream on whatever site accepts them. And they will spread that link. The podcasters combined this with audio streams on their own site, and on another volunteer network that works with them. Being fully weaponized against the system. The amount of viewers increased to a level that was larger than ever.

This created a change in things. After streaming just 2 episodes they were already contacted by the Youtube team, asking them if the situation on the site should be fixed and that it might have been a mistake. Anonymous Bites Back gave them a simple response: No. We don’t need you anymore.

So even though they were victims, decentralization made them stronger than ever.

Find their main stream (while it lasts) on Periscope: Anonymous Bites Back Live https://periscope.tv/Anonymousbitesback/

Another article about this: Anonymous Bites Back Free Speech Activists Found a Way to Defeat Censorship http://hacknews.eu/2019/07/31/anonymous-bites-back-free-speech-activists-found-a-way-to-defeat-censorship/