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Indiana sues Equifax after 2017 data breach

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The state is suing one of the largest financial institutions in the country and hoping thousands of Hoosiers will benefit.

Attorney General Curtis Hill made the announcement Monday. 

Equifax is one of three U.S. credit bureaus. You might remember their massive 2017 data breach affected almost 148 million Americans, about 4 million of those in Indiana. 

Attorney General Hill said his office started its investigation into Equifax as soon as they found out about the breach. 

The credit reporting agency has Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and driver’s licenses. Hackers got a hold of that information and much more from mid-May through July 2017. Equifax found out about the breach at the end of July 2017, and told consumers in September 2017. 

Hill maintains this breach never would have happened if Equifax followed basic procedures, laws and their own standards. In 2015, he said, Equifax was made aware of thousands of internal and external vulnerabilities, but did not follow their own policies about getting them fixed in a timely manner. In one of their programs, passwords were short and easy to guess.

Indiana joins Massachusetts and West Virginia as states suing the financial company. 

“We want to take a look at what we can do to get value back to the 4 million Hoosiers that are exposed, so most of this will be dealt with through litigation,” Hill said. “Also, there’s a factor in there for making sure that companies that should be better learn that they need to do better.”

Hill said they want to be friendly with businesses but did not feel Equifax acted in the best interests of Hoosiers after the breach. Part of what the state is seeking is payback for people who were part of the breach and may have spent money to try to prevent issues with their credit or personal information.

An Equifax security website offers help for people who may have been affected.


‘Taste of Hope’ benefits Indiana’s only recovery high school

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hundreds came out to support a local high school while enjoying food Sunday afternoon.

“Taste of Hope” is an event that supports Hope Academy, a public charter high school that helps students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It’s the only recovery high school in Indiana.

More than a dozen restaurants were on hand passing out samples.

Organizers said the event is one the school heavily relies on.

“We have a funding gap because we provide so much wrap-around services for our students in recovery and support,” said Rachelle Gardner with Hope Academy. “This helps decrease that gap for us.”

Guests also had the opportunity to tour the school and hear from students and administrators.

School officials hope the event brought more awareness to the issue of addiction.