Equifax Security Breach Could Have Affected 143 Million U.S. Consumers

Equifax announced that a recent cybersecurity incident could have “potentially” impacted 143 million U.S. consumers in a massive data breach. According to Equifax, criminals “exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files” from the credit reporting firm.

Equifax claims that information accessed by the criminals contains “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers,” in addition to the credit card numbers of 209,000 consumers and “certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.”

The company discovered the breach on July 29. Through Equifax’s own investigation, the company believes the unauthorized access took place from mid-May through July 2017.

Equifax has created a new, dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, which lets consumers determine if their information may have been affected in the breach. The company is also offering users one year of free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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