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Equifax, one of the 3 largest credit reporting agencies in the US has revealed that between mid May 2017 and July 2017 that they were subject to a security breach.
The personal data of 143 million US customers was exposed with names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers leaked. The initial breach was first reported in March 2017 however during the May 2017 and July 2017 period hackers ransacked vast troves of information. Much remains unknown about the attack with security experts and Equifax now focusing on what the company did or didn't do in the lead up to the attack including their response to the original flaw found by Cisco.
Since the hack more than 11.5 million Americans have signed up for credit monitoring while others have frozen their credit reports with not only Equifax but also their rivals TransUnion and Experian.
Equifax have since disclosed that following the breach approximately 209,000 customers had credit card numbers stolen. Those credit card numbers are likely those who had previously purchased the credit monitoring service provided by Equifax in the hope of securing an additional layer of protection from fraud. Equifax have said in their latest report that it is regularly the target of cyber threats and has made substantial investments in security measures.
The breach is now subject to a federal investigation.
Source: PBS - 3 October 2017