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Cyber Security Breach

143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July.

The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.

Equifax chief executive Richard Smith said, “The incident was disappointing and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.

We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data, and we are conducting a thorough review of our overall security operations.”

They have hired some law enforcement agencies to investigate also had hired a cyber-security firm so that they get to analyze the situation. Even the FBI has also offered it’s help to monitor the situation.

After this situation, Equifax has decided to launch a website named, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com where the customers can check whether their data has been caught up in the breach.

It said it was in contact with Equifax to find out how many British people were affected and the kinds of data that had been compromised.

The UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) said in a statement, “We will be advising Equifax to alert affected UK customers at the earliest opportunity”.

According to the experts, this breach was one of the largest ever reported in the US. Also, this could have a significant impact on the American citizens.

Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst who monitors ID theft and fraud said, “On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10. It affects the whole credit reporting system in the United States because nobody can recover it, everyone uses the same data.”

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