Equifax reports that data breach may have hit 143 million customers. Image Source: ABC

Equifax says cybersecurity incident may have hit 143 million customers

Equifax, one of the big three US credit agency, has reported a cybersecurity incident that could potentially impact 143 million U.S. customers.

Equifax said that it discovered the unauthorized access at the end of the July and acted immediately to stop it. The Agency said that the unauthorized accesses took place from mid-May until July, and primarily involved information like names, address, birth dates, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Furthermore, approximately 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. The hackers gained the access to the Equifax’s system by exploiting a website application vulnerability. The company said that it has reported the criminal access to law enforcement.

According to Equifax, the agency is now working with state and federal authorities, and is alerting its customers whose information was included in the breach via email. Equifax said that it has set up a website – www.equifaxsecurity2017.com – that helps the consumers check if their data has been caught up in the breach.

 

Sources: BBC, ABC

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