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Equifax says 100000 Canadians affected by cyberattack

Equifax says 100000 Canadians affected by cyberattack”

Equifax is a consumer information company that provides, among other services, credit information and credit ratings on individuals.

The company reiterated that it's continuing to work with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) during the investigation. The personal information of 143 million Americans would have been appropriated, as well as those of an unspecified number of Canadians and British.

In its update on Tuesday, Equifax said the criminals gained "potential access" to the Canadians' names, addresses, social insurance numbers and some credit card numbers.

Equifax, said on Monday that it would give this week more details to Canadians on the impact of the major data breach it suffered this summer, without specifying how many people were affected by the cyber attack north of the border.

Canada's privacy watchdog announced last Friday that it was probing the data breach and Equifax has committed to notifying those affected in writing as soon as possible.

According to a September 19th, 2017 media release, roughly 100,000 Canadians have been affected by a cybersecurity breach that occurred between mid-May 2017 and July 2017.

For impacted Canadians, Equifax will also be providing complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection for 12 months.

Ottawa lawyer Tamir Israel points to the hacking of Canadian affair-seeking website Ashley Madison, which paid $1.6 million U.S. to settle with the FTC but was not fined in Canada.

In Canada, at least two proposed class actions have been filed against the company in the wake of the disclosure of the massive security breach, with many more filed in the United States.



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