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Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers

Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers”

Atlanta-based Equifax said in a statement that it discovered the breach on July 29.

Hearing about the hack, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is launching investigation into the data breach and how it affected people in the Commonwealth.

Various news outlets including New York Times, Washington Post and CNN have reported that Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, has been hacked.

Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday that personal details of as many as 143 million US consumers were accessed by hackers between mid-May and July, in what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States.

"This is really an enormous breach", consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky said of the incident.

Equifax said exposed data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver's license numbers, all of which the company aims to protect for its customers. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 USA consumers were also accessed. Experts are saying the hack is as bad as it gets.

This isn't the first time Equifax has been involved in a serious data breach.

He created ConsumerWorld.org to help people protect their credit.

"They're crooks. They want to be able to buy merchandise and send the bill to you", Dworsky said.

Richard F. Smith, Equifax chairman and chief executive, said: "This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do". Documents with personal information used in disputes for 182,000 consumers was also taken.

The company is offering free credit protection for a year, but to get that, you have to agree to not be a part of a class action lawsuit against the company.

"We also are focused on consumer protection and have developed a comprehensive portfolio of services to support all United States consumers, regardless of whether they were impacted by this incident".



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