Freeze your credit, complain about not being able to get a loan… You probably did it wrong anyway, you missed the other two. Its not even the real issue.
You can’t sue equifax, no one really can. Also not the issue. They potentially destroyed your life, your good credit, your home mortgage, (the second and third mortgage someone else took out, some jerk might buys a gun in your name and kills someone. Someone else might rent a car and smash it).
Still, you are missing the point.
The real issue? Zero liability for anyone in the future. When you medical records get jacked? When you ridentity gets stolen? When your CAR gets stolen, When your car gets stolen by someone over the internet? how can you prove damages? Those credentials were already lost by someone else. No one has to accept responsibility anymore.
Lets get it straight, Target lost your data if you shop there, OPM lost your data if you work for the Government. Equifax lost your data if you are a US citizen. Your data is worth money, and others gave it away in a game. The game is familiar, its called I win, you played it with people you didn’t like and they generally lost, if they won, it was because you changed the rules to allow it.
What did they gain? That is a better question. I think they shorted the market in a scam of their own making, deceived by someone clever who wants to watch the world burn. With all the occupiers, the neonazis, the BLM’s, SJW’s in general, and people like the FBI conning criminals into horrible things with get out of jail free cards, did you really think this wasn’t coming? Al Quaida was entirely trained and funded by the US (CIA). It’s not a conspiracy theory. What did you gain when you played? A sense of power? Money?
No. You got nothing. Same as the people playing against you, they were scammed. They are screwed, but maybe less than they would have been if equifax had patched the software it had with an old, known vulnerability.
Whats next? Yahoo is already toast and without value. Only noobs attack yahoo, even though they have a lot of your personal information, no one cares about them anymore.
gMail? A good candidate. Better? The IRS is probably next, that would be complete domination of us citizens, and prove everyone right in what they want to believe (even though its silly)… The idea that the IRS is bad. The IRS isn’t bad, but they are the most probable next target.
Other targets are likely to be backbone service providers. Comcast, Google, and the Bells are in the southeast. Once they get pwned power and water become trivial. Power and water are the alternative to personal information, personal information is probably a distraction anyway, north korea is probably a distraction.
Equifax seems too convenient. So back to the point. Equifax tech was taken over not because they did poor security. Its the other way around, they did poor security so they had an excuse to get hacked. Its much more profitable that way, for everyone. Look at the C levels, inside trading nonsense. they made more money then you will legitimately earn in your life over something that looks pretty darn suspicious.
The next issue, when one of experian or transunion gets hacked and loses your data, who can you sue? Only those who you can prove created damages. When best buy gets hacked? Uh, your identity already got jacked, not liable. Who’s liable? No one who has enough money. Welcome to the suck friends.
This was written quickly and late at night, I hope to fix grammar, but my frustration is at least documented and available.