Vermont to get $1.8M in settlement with Equifax

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont's attorney general says the state will get nearly $2 million as part of a settlement with the credit reporting agency Equifax over a 2017 data breach that exposed the private information of nearly 150 million people.

It's part of a national settlement close to $650 million.

Vermont's share-- $1.8 million-- will go into the state's general fund. But the majority of that settlement is for individuals who want to submit a claim.

If you spent any time dealing with the breach, you are eligible for $25 an hour for up to 20 hours.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan, D-Vermont, said when the breach became public, the state's consumer assistance program received more than 700 phone calls from worried Vermonters.

"The bottom line is this: Because of this data breach, Vermonters felt anxious, scared that their financial livelihood was on the line. They rightfully should have been scared. We are in an online digitally global economy, scams are on the rise, this Equifax breach demonstrated that," Donovan said.

Donovan says the Equifax breach raised awareness about online security. The data of more than 250,000 Vermonters was exposed.

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