Later Friday, Schneiderman said he was launching a formal investigation into Equifax's security breach and encouraged all of Equifax's customers to reach out to the company to see if they were affected. The second largest of these companies, Experian was hacked in 2015, giving cyber thieves access to personal data on 15 million Americans.
Montana residents were among those affected.
Equifax announced Thursday that 143 million people have potentially been affected.
One research group director said this data breach was as bad as there is. However, the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii said it was unknown whether consumers will be told when the year is about to expire, or whether they'll automatically be hit with the monthly charge of about $20 a month. If your information was stolen, Equifax is supposed to send you a notice via mail.
If you have, immediately put a freeze on your account with all three major credit bureaus.
"Technology has become such an integral part of our lives, that I think we've come to trust it too much", he said. Equifax said the hack happened between mid-May and July, but not discovered until July 29.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Mary McHill and Brook Reinhard, who had their personal information stored by the company, filed a complaint in the OR federal court against Equifax, seeking up to $70 billion in damages, vanityfair reported. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 USA consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 US consumers were accessed. Personal data about British and Canadian consumers was also compromised.
As a response, the company launched a website where consumers can find out if they're at risk.
Take advantage of free credit monitoring services offered by Equifax.
If you have a mortgage, or have ever purchased a vehicle - you have a credit file, and you are at risk.
Dworsky says the hackers have one goal: "They're really trying to steal your identity, your good credit", Dworsky said.
File your taxes as soon as you have the tax information needed before a scammer does so for you.