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Attorney General: 1.1 million Iowans hit by Equifax breach

"This data breach is the biggest wake-up call that we have all had as consumers when it comes to protecting our identities". WBBM's Jim Gudas reports.

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging consumers to be aware of the steps they can take to protect their financial information and prevent identity theft in response to the report of a large-scale data breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting companies.

But Madigan said that costs $10 per report and she does not think those affected should have to pay.

Equifax discovered the breach on July 29, and announced it to the public September 7.

However, Team Clark is hearing from people who've had a lot of trouble placing a credit freeze through Equifax's website.

Freeze your credit. First and foremost, consumers should strongly consider freezing their credit before they are impacted by a data breach in the first place. This prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing any information from your credit report without written authorization and makes it harder for an identity thief to access credit in your name. Request a report from a different credit bureau every four months (120 days) to keep up to date on changes to your credit report. "If you have millions of Americans all trying at the same time, you're going to overload the web server", said Randy Haba, an ethical hacker with Frisco's DKB Innovative. "It should have never happened but it has and now we have to go froward with cleaning up the mess", said Duncan. You can sign up for this feature by visiting www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

-Check the Equifax website under "Potential Impact" to see if you've been compromised. But with millions of people doing so, there's a backlog and consumers are having trouble contacting Equifax. Consumer-reporting companies are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, according to the CFPB.

If you believe you're a victim of identity theft the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a toll free 24 Hour Identity Theft and Fraud Hotline at 1-855-443-3489 .

For those affected, it's important that they take action now and monitor their accounts for anything that seems off and taking steps to stop criminals from applying for credit in their name.

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