Equifax said exposed data includes: names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.
(Via CNBC) Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States.
The population of the U.S. was about 324 million as of Jan. 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the United States. Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. “Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,” the company said.
Shares of Equifax fell more than 5 percent during after-hours trading.
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.
The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to “certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.”
Equifax CEO and Chairman Richard Smith said apologized to consumers and customers and noted that he’s aware the breach affects what Equifax is supposed to protect.
Equifax said it is now alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete. (LINK)
7 thoughts on “Equifax says 143 million consumers hacked, SSNs, birthdays, addresses…everything.”
I can start this off with a complete sentence. Fuckin Fuckers. We hear about this stuff all the time and then later about all of the people getting hacked. Absolutely no responsibility for the limp dicks that started the whole thing. All the time and every time.
Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed
Oh come on now, Occams, the Spokesman from Equifax clearly stated that the 3 didn’t know anything about the breach as the time and they wouldn’t lie about something as serious as this now would they? 😉
I stand corrected!
It was nice of them to wait a month and a half to tell everyone… Had enough yet?
When is TransUnion and Experian next?
And why are the TOP company administrators NOT in jail for using inside Info to SELL?