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Lifelock offers to protect you from the Equifax breach — by selling you services provided by Equifax

Los Angeles Times + 4 other

The ID theft protection firm Lifelock is certainly one of the big winners from the big data breach suffered by Equifax, which exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans to hackers. Lifelock has been going to town on the Equifax breach, with ads and press releases trumpeting how the breach proves how valuable its own services (cost: up to $29.99 a month) can be to protect you from identity theft. “A major credit bureau just experienced a breach potentially impacting 143 million people,” the firm says on its web page. “Don’t wait to get identity theft protection.” An executive of Symantec, Lifelock’s parent company, told Bloomberg that since the Equifax breach was reported, LifeLock’s web traffic has increased six-fold and enrollments per hour are running 10 times ahead of the pre-Equifax era. “Most are paying the full price, rather than discounts,” the executive said. “It’s a really incredible response from the market.” Here’s what Lifelock isn’t advertising so widely: When you buy its protection, you’re signing up for credit reporting and monitoring services provided by, yes, Equifax. You don’t want to have a partner that violates its fiduciary responsibility by not having the appropriate security in place. — LegalShield CEO Jeff Bell Lifelock signed a four-year contract with Equifax in December 2015, with the services to start the following April. …

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Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy but keeps stores open

Chicago Tribune + 11 other

Toys 'R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual. The company said the proceedings are a way for Toys 'R' Us to work with its creditors on restructuring the debt beleaguering it. And it emphasized that its stores worldwide will remain open and it will work with suppliers and sell merchandise. Filing for bankruptcy protection "will provide us with greater financial flexibility to invest in our bus…

State gives draft permit for central Montana copper mine

The Washingon Times + 8 other

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - State officials have issued a draft operating permit for an underground copper mine in central Montana that opponents worry could harm one of the state’s most popular fly-fishing destinations. Tintina Resources said Tuesday that a third-party contractor will be hired to study environmental impacts of the Black Butte mine near White Sulphur. Under state law the review of the project must be done within one year. The company says the mine would employ about 240 people and remove 1.3 million tons of rock annually. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality says …

Walgreens Finally Gains Approval for Rite Aid Deal

The Wall Street Journal + 4 other

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. received regulatory approval for its deal to buy thousands of stores from Rite Aid Corp., but only after the number of stores to be purchased was again trimmed to allay antitrust concerns. Walgreens will now buy 1,932 Rite Aid stores for $4.38 billion, a far cry from the original $9.4 billion deal for about 4,600... …

School resuming in Burlington after 4-day teachers' strike

The Washingon Times + 2 other

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - School is resuming in Burlington, Vermont, after a four-day teachers’ strike has ended with the announcement of a tentative contract agreement between the school board and the teachers’ union. The Burlington School Board said late Tuesday it had reached the tentative agreement with the Burlington Education Association after an eight-hour mediation session. The agreement needs to be ratified by both sides. The terms weren’t disclosed. The board said classes, after-school programs and other programs are resuming at schools and other sites in Burlington, t…

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nearly a Half-Million Trucks on Fire Risk

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DETROIT-— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday issued a recall for nearly a half-million Ram pickup and work trucks to fix faulty pumps that could cause overheating and engine fires, marking the second major truck recall this year by the auto maker. The action affects an estimated 494,417 Ram heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and certain medium-duty chassis cabs, which are used for such commercial vehicles as dump trucks, a... …

Beware of scams tied to credit info breach, Hood says

The Washingon Times + 3 other

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is warning about scams tied to the Equifax security breach. Equifax is an Atlanta-based credit data company. It recently announced that hackers had gained access to consumers’ Social Security numbers, birthdates and other information. Hood said Tuesday that scammers are creating websites that are similar to the legitimate site where people can see if their personal information might have been compromised. Hood says the legitimate site is www.equifaxsecurity2017.com . LOAD COMMENTS () HIDE COMMENTS Copyright © 2017 Th…