Credit Monitoring Firm Equifax Gets Hacked, 143 Million U.S. Consumers Data Exposed
- Credit Monitoring Company Equifax Gets Hacked,
- 143 Million U.S. Consumers Data Have Been Stolen.
Equifax exposed the credit report information of about 143 Million US customers who got compromised in this massive Cyber Security breach.
Birthdate, Home address, SSN Social Security Numbers and some more private information might have been accessed by CyberCriminals. Some of the UK and Canadian customers were also affected in this incident. Currently there is no evidence for this massive data breach. Cyber Investigation is on the way.
Equifax is a consumer credit reporting agency in the United States, considered one of the three largest American credit agencies along with the Experian and TransUnion. Founded in 1899, Equifax is the oldest of the three agencies and gathers and maintains information on over 800 million consumers and more than 88 million businesses worldwide.
Equifax said, a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. As part of its investigation of this application vulnerability, Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents. Equifax will work with UK and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps. The company has found no evidence that personal information of consumers in any other country has been impacted.
Company tweeted and apolozise for this cyber security breach
We recently discovered a cybersecurity incident involving consumer information. Once discovered, we acted immediately to stop the intrusion.— Equifax Inc. (@Equifax) September 7, 2017
(2/2) We apologize to our consumers and business customers for the concern and frustration this causes. Learn more: https://t.co/ivVHFb2xA4.— Equifax Inc. (@Equifax) September 7, 2017