Equifax is one of the three companies that report your FICO score so this breach into over 140 million accounts is no small issue.
In the world of hacking, this would be considered a Category 5 event.
Everyone needs to pay attention going forward to this story because it could affect you. All I can say is, Wow. A credit reporting source can’t even secure private data. Maybe I should use the new catch term, “leaked.” Seems to be the acceptable norm these days while hell in a handbasket is another notable, whatever that is.
We recently discovered a cybersecurity incident involving consumer information. Once discovered, we acted immediately to stop the intrusion.
— Equifax Inc. (@Equifax) September 7, 2017
— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) September 7, 2017
This Equifax data breach might turn people against credit agencies, which they normally love
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) September 7, 2017
Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans.
The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.
It said consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers were exposed. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were also accessed.
The company said hackers also accessed some “limited personal information” from British and Canadian residents.
Equifax said it doesn’t believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.
The hack was first discovered by Equifax on July 29. The credit monitoring company’s CEO, Richard Smith, issued an apology to its customers. “This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes,” said Smith.
— Akilah Jackson (@akilah) September 7, 2017
A massive Equifax data breach has potentially compromised personal information of as many as 143 million people. https://t.co/TdSNVODBSm
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 7, 2017
Massive Equifax hack discovered July 29, but company waited until today to warn consumers.https://t.co/c52KpaApCY
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 7, 2017
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