Over 140 Million People Could be Affected by Equifax Hack

Consumer credit score provider Equifax Inc. has been hacked and it could mean over 140 million people having their details exposed.

The company announced this week that the hack has exposed the personal details of possibly 143 million consumers in the U.S. from the months of mid May to July.

After the news shares fell over 5% in after-hours trading.

According to Equifax, criminals had access details that include names, social security numbers, and possibly driver’s license numbers.

The company also said that roughly 209,000 credit card numbers of U.S. consumers were also accessed. Around 182,000 U.S. consumers may have had their personal identifying information accessed on certain dispute documents as well.

Personal information of certain Canadian residents and even United Kingdom residents were also accessed.

Equifax, who discovered the hack on July 29th, is working with Canadian regulators and UK regulators to move forward. The company has also hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate the breach.

This hack could be one of the biggest data breaches in U.S. history.

Disclaimer: We have no position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) and have not been compensated for this article.

Sofia Vida

Sofia has been writing for major news outlets for over 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, and going to concerts.

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