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What to Do if You Have Been Hacked


While you can’t eliminate the risk of being a victim of a cybercrime, you can control how you react if your identity, accounts, devices or information is compromised. Responding quickly and comprehensively limits the damage from being hacked, facilitates a rapid recovery and provides you with some needed peace of mind.

So, let’s look at common cyber attack scenarios and the steps you should immediately take afterward.

Scenario: After filing your taxes, you get a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating your return was rejected because a return was already filed using your Social Security Number (SSN). This is a classic case of identity theft. What are your next steps?

  1. Report the SSN theft at IdentityTheft.gov and file a local police report.
  2. Freeze your credit at all major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to prevent fraudsters from establishing new lines of credit with your…

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