The stolen data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of borrowers, but no financial or bank account informations were stolen. The data stolen were stored on a “portable media” device. If you were potentially one of the 3.3 million borrowers that had your data compromised, you should be expecting a letter from ECMC soon, which will include an offer of free credit monitoring and protection services from Experian (look for a sign-up code in the letter).
Those with questions about whether they are affected by this data theft can:
You should note that no misuse of the data has been reported to date (though to be fair, this data theft has only recently occurred a week ago). In the provided Experian credit protection service, you’ll receive access to certified ID theft specialists and ID theft insurance.
Despite steps you can take individually to protect yourself from identity theft, there is little we can do when our information is compromised whether due to carelessness or randomly stolen hardware that may contain our information. Here’s hoping that this particular data breach won’t lead to subsequent, serious misuse of data for the 3.3 million student-loan borrowers.
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