Well, anyone who thinks that this has received or is receiving "limited coverage" has not looked around even the slightest bit. Every major news outlet was reporting it last night and it was, and remains, front-page news on major American newspapers. What more can you want?
Having been down this road before it is no surprise that the Equifax website established in response to this incident is likely swamped beyond its capacity to handle the volume at times.
If you didn't get an answer when you last visited https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/ then visit again later. I did, but probably got in before "the mad rush" as I saw the message initially posted here and followed the link from the Guardian article several hours before this was splashed across every media outlet I routinely visit, whether TV or print.
Also, I got what the marketwatch.com article calls "the noncommittal answer" which, to me anyway, was not noncommittal as I know if they're forking over the cost of signing me up for identity theft and credit monitoring services that means, "You're included in those affected." My partner got a clear "no." This all echoes my experience with the Anthem data breach very closely, though I can't remember whether their website at the time put up a big, bold, "Yes, you've been hit," message above the bit about my having qualified for free monitoring services for one year, which became extendable to two years at the end of the first, at no cost, and which I did.
I doubt that Equifax, Anthem, or Yahoo truly know the actual extent of their respective breaches but just have forensic evidence that they occurred and "guesstimates" about possible numbers involved. This isn't as simple as, "oh, a file's missing from the file cabinet," and never will be. This is also likely why the announcement has come when it has. You don't announce this sort of thing until you're absolutely sure a breach occurred and have had the opportunity to do what must be done to make the "guesstimate" and set up for the response.
I'm not at all happy about this situation but I am a realist. This has happened before and will happen again. Cybercriminals or just "hackers for the glory of it" never sleep and constantly come up with more creative and interesting ways to get into places they couldn't last week. Computer security specialists are constantly trying to stay one step ahead. 'Twas ever thus and ever will be.
Edited by britechguy, 08 September 2017 - 09:17 AM.
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