Today, September 8, 2017, Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, has disclosed that they suffered a massive data breach because their network was compromised by unknown hackers. According to the Equifax’s press release, attackers gained access to personal data of almost 143 million Americans. Social security numbers, birth dates and addresses of nearly half the population lost in this breach of the US could be misused by hackers for years to come. Credit card numbers of US-customers and non-US customers were also stolen. After Equifax announced the cyberattack, their shares dropped 13%.
Official information posted on the Equifax website states: “Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.” The breach was disclosed only yesterday, meaning it took six weeks to detect the cyberattack.
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