Equifax security breach leaks personal info of 143 million US consumers – Engadget

D8N007 Identification documents (social security, driver license and credit cards) in hand of thief, isolated on white.
One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that’s about 44 percent). The oldest of the three major US credit bureaus, it maintains information on over 800 million people for credit and insurance reports, which is also a juicy target for anyone trying to steal data. Equifax says the breach lasted from mid-May through July 29th when it was detected. (read more)

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