Massive Equifax Data Breach Could Affect Half of the U.S. Population

  • A massive cyber security incident at Equifax — one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States — may have exposed private information belonging to 143 million people — nearly half of the U.S. population.
  • The agency said 209,000 credit card numbers were exposed in the breach, which includes customers in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • As a credit reporting agency, Equifax gets information from credit card companies, banks, lenders, and retailers to help it determine a person’s credit score.
  • All U.S. customers will also be given a date when they can sign up for TrustedID Premier, which includes identity theft insurance, credit reports and a service that crawls the internet and alerts you if your Social Security number is posted somewhere online.
  • In addition, the company said it will mail notices to people who may have had their credit card numbers or personally identifying information exposed on dispute documents.

Equifax on Thursday revealed a breach that exposed 143 million people’s Social Security numbers, credit cards, driver’s license numbers and other private information.
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Massive Equifax Data Breach Could Affect Half of the U.S. Population

  • A massive cyber security incident at Equifax — one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States — may have exposed private information belonging to 143 million people — nearly half of the U.S. population.
  • The agency said 209,000 credit card numbers were exposed in the breach, which includes customers in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • As a credit reporting agency, Equifax gets information from credit card companies, banks, lenders, and retailers to help it determine a person’s credit score.
  • All U.S. customers will also be given a date when they can sign up for TrustedID Premier, which includes identity theft insurance, credit reports and a service that crawls the internet and alerts you if your Social Security number is posted somewhere online.
  • In addition, the company said it will mail notices to people who may have had their credit card numbers or personally identifying information exposed on dispute documents.

Equifax on Thursday revealed a breach that exposed 143 million people’s Social Security numbers, credit cards, driver’s license numbers and other private information.
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