Why you can't trust anyone with your data
Equifax is a credit reporting agency and it holds the credit history and personal information of some 800 million people around the world. A treasure-trove of data just waiting to be hacked. Well the company has finally confirmed that the personal info of some 143 million people has been stolen. And wait for it, Equifax owns Equifax Australia, formerly Veda. The company thus holds the credit history and personal information of hundreds of thousands of Australians. Maybe you or me.
The company just announced that they were hacked between May and July! But hey, they only announced it two months late. And now they say trust us, we have taken all necessary measures... ah, OK. Therefore the company's assurances that there is no evidence "yet" its Australian customers are affected has to be taken with more than a grain of salt.
In desparation the company has offered to give you free access to your data to check it https://www.equifax.com.au/contact. You could call them to arrange 138 332 (Australia)Of course that's no guarantee your personal details have not been sold on the dark net in the mean time. And they'll let you sign up to a free alert when ever anything is changed with your info. That sounds to me like a company that wants all the help it can get to keep robbers out. So think carefully next time you give someone permission to get personal information from you.