Equifax Discloses Data Breach That Could Affect 143 Million Americans
Breach occurred between mid-May through July, but not disclosed until Sept. 7, 2017.
On Thursday, Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), one of the three major credit reporting agencies, disclosed that they experienced a massive data breach between mid-May through July 2017 that could affect as many as 143 million U.S. consumers. In a statement, the company said it had no evidence of unauthorized activity on its core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. The information accessed illegally includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driverís license numbers. The FTC reports that 209,000 people had their credit card numbers stolen and dispute documents with personally identifying information from 182,000 people. Some consumers in Canada and the U.K. also had their personal information stolen.
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