Protect Yourself from Hackers | TransUnion Hackers

5 Apr

Here’s How to Protect Yourself from TransUnion Hackers (and any other Hackers)

Last month, TransUnion (one of the biggest credit bureaus in the world) suffered a hacking attack at its SA subsidiary with a $15 million dollar ransom attached. More than 3 million client records were stolen during the attack and a further 6 million IDs exposed, with hackers from the group N4ughtySecTU demanding payment in exchange for not releasing sensitive information of “28-million credit records” online.

Since the company refused to pay this astronomical amount, that they said was “extortion”, the stolen data could be circulating online right now – and any South African credit user could be affected.

If you’re worried about the implications of this huge cybersecurity breach, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from hackers, even if your data has been compromised.

Let’s take a look at the latest news on the TransUnion leak and what you can do to secure your privacy.

millions of customers’ data is on the loose – now what?

In the aftermath of the TransUnion leak, millions of South Africans – including President Ramaphosa –  have become victims of cybercrime overnight. To find out if you were one of them, the best thing you can do is to contact Trans Union directly, although TransUnion advised that affected individuals had been emailed directly.

If you think that your information has been leaked, it’s important to remain calm while recognising that your personal data could be used by criminals. Some of the crimes that leaked data can be used for include:

  • Financial scams
  • Phishing emails
  • Telephone scans
  • Tracking your whereabouts to commit physical crimes
  • Identity theft using your name

If you suspect that you have become a target of online or physical criminals, it’s essential to notify the police immediately. You should also safeguard your information by following the steps below.

how to get back your privacy after the TransUnion leak

In the wake of the biggest data breach to affect a South African credit bureau, TransUnion is offering affected individual access to its TrueIdentity Service free of charge until the end of 2023.

It’s definitely worth accepting this offer, but that alone may not be enough to prevent your information being used by criminals.

Aside from regularly checking for updates from TransUnion, here are some other steps you can take to protect your privacy.

  • Change your passwords on all your important online accounts, including your email and electronic banking profile
  • Don’t use your name, children’s names, or place of work or residence as a password
  • Be especially suspicious of unusual phone calls, text messages, or emails from people claiming to work at your bank or credit card provider
  • Verify any requests for personal information
  • Never click on a suspicious link
  • Change your security questions
  • Keep a close eye on your bank accounts and credit reports

protect yourself from hackers

Taking the above steps should help you secure your data so that you can rest easy.

Wherever possible, activate a two-factor authentication on your accounts which will certainly help block automated attacks, however, it’s important to remember that hackers are sometimes able to bypass multi-factor authentication through bots. To ensure that your business and personal data is fully protected in the future, be proactive about your data security and choose one of our secure cloud storage solutions today.

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