Anonymous Coward writes: "My Wife received a letter yesterday from UCLA confirming that she was on the short list of 28,000 people who had their personal information compromised by the UCLA database hack reported last month: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ucla12dec
UCLA has suggested that she put out a fraud alert on her credit as precautionary measure. I'm skeptical of doing this since the data has already been compromised for over a year and the fraud alert only lasts for 90 days. In addition to this, fraud alerts do not mandate that creditors actually research any credit applications. It's merely advisory. It seems that filing a fraud alert on her credit will only inconvenience her and do little to actually deter anyone who wishes to abuse her social security number in the distant future or prevent any fraud that has already taken place.
So far we have no evidence that her SSN has been abused in any way or that there has been fraudulent use of her credit or identity.
I am of the understanding that changing her SSN is next to impossible. Are there any other steps that I can take to help protect her personal information?"