Equifax Announces Massive Data Breach Impacting 143 Million People In The United States

By on September 7, 2017

On September 7, 2017, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced that its systems have been hacked by data thieves and compromised the information of 143 million Americans.

According to Equifax, criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on Equifax’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. Equifax said it 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.

Equifax stated it would notify those whose information was compromised, but did not give a timeframe for such notification.