Third Party Data Compromise Information
Your personal information is often stored by merchants, service providers and a variety of other companies. As a result, these companies can be targets for hackers and cyber criminals. Regular news coverage discussing data breaches, compromised information and identity theft can make it difficult to identify which situations you should act on. Alaska USA regularly monitors trends and alerts from a variety of sources to ensure we stay aware of major threats. Below you will find information on current data breaches at third parties, as well as information on how you can protect your accounts and identity.
Equifax Inc.(Last Updated 9/7/2017)
Equifax Inc. announced on September 7, 2017 a cyber security incident. Based on Equifax's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017, potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The information compromised includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers and credit card numbers.
In response to the incident, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers, even those that are not impacted by this incident. This 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 - all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year.
For more information please visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Wendy’s Restaurants(Last Updated 7/18/2016)
Wendy's has reported a data breach of customer information. This breach affects customers who used a credit or debit card in restaurants between January and June, 2016. Based on Wendy's official statement, debit and credit card information including cardholder name, card number, expiration date, and card verification value (CVV code), was compromised.
For more information please visit https://www.wendys.com/en-us/about-wendys/the-wendys-company-updates.
Harbortouch Payments(Last Updated 4/22/2015)
Harbortouch Payments, a card processing provider, has released preliminary information that a small percentage of their merchants were impacted by malware on point-of-sale systems. Reports place the timeframe during which transactions may have been impacted as March 10 to April 14, 2015. Harbortouch Payments provides Point-of-Sale terminals and card processing to merchants nationwide.
The full impact of the malware is unknown at this time. Alaska USA is proactively monitoring the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available.
Anthem Blue Cross(Last Updated 3/18/2015)
Anthem announced on February 13, 2015, they had been the target of a cyber attack in which hackers gained access to systems and may have obtained the personal information of their customers, employees and anyone who has done business with Anthem. Data accessed contains personal information dating back over 10 years; however, the date of the attack is unknown.
In response to the attack, Anthem is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection services to anyone affected by this incident. Anthem has indicated that affected individuals will receive a letter with more information. Anthem will not email or make unsolicited phone calls regarding this incident. To learn more about the attack and Anthem's response, visit www.anthemfacts.com
Premera Blue Cross(Last Updated 3/18/2015)
On March 17, 2015, Premera announced they had been the target of a cyber attack in which hackers gained access to systems and may have obtained the personal information of their customers, employees and anyone who has done business with Premera. The compromise occurred on May 5, 2014 and contained information dating back to 2002.
In response to the attack, Premera is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection services to anyone affected by this incident. Premera has indicated that affected individuals will receive a letter with more information. Premera will not email or make unsolicited phone calls regarding this incident.