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Valley Resident Alert after Hackers Breach Equifax Servers

3 years 7 months 3 days ago Friday, September 08 2017 Sep 8, 2017 September 08, 2017 6:34 PM September 08, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – One hundred and forty-three million Americans could have been affected by the hack on Equifax.

The company is one of the three leading credit consumer reporting agencies in the United States.

Putting your personal information in the hands of hackers. Some people in the Rio Grande Valley are feeling worried after finding out about the hack.

"Yes. Yes for real I am a little worried because of social security numbers and other credit scores. Now I’m not sure if I’m going to have good credit." said Luisa Rodriguez.

She has never had her credit stolen, but that doesn't mean she's not going to be on the lookout.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Frank Salinas the Assistant I.T. Chair from South Texas College. He shed some light on how a major hack like this can happen.

"This kind of hack was more like a technical hack. And this hack, it happened to Equifax, it happened to their server. This is where the hackers found a technical flaw on the website and were able to extract the customers’ information," said Salinas.

He mentions in cases like this, there is nothing the consumer could have done to prevent the hack. Basically, Equifax left a door open and the hackers walked right in.

Drew Lentz, president of Code RGV said even though you don't use Equifax your information could still be at risk.

Lentz also said hacks like this happen all the time and not just to big companies.

"Hacks like this don’t just happen to large companies like Equifax. Hacks like this happen to companies in the Rio Grande Valley all the time," Lentz noted.

"I would say that people from the Valley are absolutely affected. One hundred and forty-three million is a pretty large percentage of the number of people in the United States. And so this is gonna touch a lot of people," said Lentz.

Lentz mentions people should start monitoring their credit closely.

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