Under Armour Data Breach Affects 150 Million Consumers
“The Baltimore company disclosed Thursday that an intruder grabbed the email addresses and login information during a February break-in affecting about 150 million users of its food and nutrition website, MyFitnessPal,” according to The Houston Chronicle. Under Armour says the hacker information limited to user names and passwords and that the hack did not include credit or account numbers or social security numbers.
What should consumers do who had a MyFitnessPal account?
Consumers should be vigilant in protecting their identities. First, MyFitnessPal usernames and passwords should be changed immediately. Likewise, if consumers used the MyFitnessPal user name and password on other accounts, such as email or financial accounts, then those user names and passwords should be changed immediately.
Second, consumers should be on the lookout for fraudulent “phishing” emails related to MyFitnessPal or Under Armour, or both. The hacker or its customers, may be looking to obtain additional personal identifying information or account information from those affected by the data breach. Be wary of emails related to Under Armour and MyFitnessPal. Pay close attention to the sender’s email address and links in the email for red flags that the email may not be legitimate.
Third, consumers should request their credit reports from Equifax, Experian, Trans Union. Click Free Annual Disclosure Request Form to order your credit reports from all 3 of the credit bureaus. Also, consumers should request their credit report from Innovis, which is known as the 4th nationwide credit bureau. Click Innovis Request Form to order your free credit report from Innovis.
Fourth, consumers should dispute credit report errors to Equifax, Experian, Innovis and Trans Union. The credit report disputes should be made in writing and sent to each credit agency by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Fifth, consumers should consider adding a “freeze” to their credit files. A credit freeze prevents anyone (including you) from obtaining your credit report. This means identity thieves will be unable to open new accounts with your credit report provided by Equifax, Experian, Innovis or Trans Union. The credit freeze must be placed with each credit bureau independently.
Lastly, if your personal information is used in attempts to open accounts or if fraudulent accounts are opened, or both, then you should contact an experienced identity theft lawyer to evaluate your potential claims and help you recover your good name and credit.
The Adkins Firm represents identity theft victims. With offices in Alabama, Tennessee and Texas, we help identity theft victims across the South and the U.S. in federal court, under federal consumer protection statutes. For more information about your rights as a victim of identity theft, please contact us for a free case review.