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Cyber-attack exposes consumer data at Equifax

Joe Mont | September 8, 2017

Even in a day and age where cyber-attacks are commonplace, the latest breach, involving Equifax, stands out as particularly alarming given the company’s role as one of the three consumer credit rating agencies.

On Sept. 7, Equifax announced a cyber-security incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files, the firm said in a statement. Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.  The company 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. Also, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S...

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