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Almost 400000 United Kingdom customers' data may have been stolen by hackers

Almost 400000 United Kingdom customers' data may have been stolen by hackers”

Its also wants Equifax to reimburse consumers who incur fees from other credit reporting firms to freeze their credit.

Depending on where a consumer lives, those fees now range from $5 to $10 per request per agency.

The company said a flaw in a tool created to build web applications may have been at fault for the breach, CNN reported, adding that that Equifax knew about the security flaw two months before the company admitted that hackers first exploited it to gain customer data.

United States credit report giant Equifax is under investigation over the cyber attack on its files in which personal information of about 143million people is thought to have been stolen.

Equifax said earlier on Friday that it would likely need to contact fewer than 400,000 British consumers whose personal information may have been accessed in the breach. You can do this by going to Equifax's website (www.equifaxsecurity2017.com) which in just a few steps, will tell you whether or not you're affected. Hackers stole highly sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver's license numbers.

"The investigation is a priority for our office given the sensitivity of the personal information that Equifax holds", the office said.

The breach at Equifax, a major credit reporting firm, lasted from mid-May through July.

Hood encourages every Mississippian with a credit history to regularly review their credit reports.

A security freeze prohibits access to a consumer's credit report without express, case-by-case permission from the consumer, thus making it hard for identity thieves and others to open unauthorized credit in the consumer's name.

Monitor your existing credit cards and financial accounts: Immediately report any suspicious charges or activity. A security freeze prevents potential creditors from being able to view or "pull" your credit file, unless you affirmatively unfreeze your file beforehand.



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