Over 143 Million Affected as Equifax is Hit by Massive Cyber AttackThe names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and drivers license numbers of more than 143 million people in the U.S. have been exposed
The names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and drivers license numbers of more than 143 million people in the U.S. have been exposed as a result of a cyber attack at credit reporting agency Equifax Inc.
Equifax said Thursday, Sept. 7, that criminals gained access to the information through its website in breaches between May and July. The company said it learned of the attack on July 29. The information accessed wasn't from Equifax's consumer and commercial credit databases, meaning that credit scores don't appear to have been exposed.
However, the credit card numbers of 209,000 U.S. consumers and dispute documents belonging to an additional 182,000 people were accessed, according to Equifax.
The company set up a website -- https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ -- where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen.
Equifax shares fell 13.5% in premarket trading on Friday.
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