On September 7, 2017, credit reporting agency Equifax, announced that it was the victim of a cybersecurity hack that impacted over one-third of the United States population, resulting in the possible release of personal information, including Social Security numbers.
Equifax reported that between mid-May and July 2017, “criminals exploited a U.S. website’s application vulnerability to gain access to certain files.” As a result of the breach, personal information including “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers” could have been retrieved by the hackers, the company said.
“In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers were accessed,” read a statement from Equifax.
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