Millions of Americans Exposed in Data Breach
WESLACO – Credit monitoring company, Equifax, says a data breach exposed social security numbers and other data from 143 million Americans.
According to the company, criminals exploited a weakness in a U.S. website application to gain access to certain files.
Equifax said the breach happened from mid-May to July of this year.
At the moment, Equifax said there’s no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.
Stolen information includes: names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases driver’s license numbers.
The company added that credit card numbers of 209,000 people was stolen.
Equifax set up a website to help people find out if their information is impacted.
The site also includes a link to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The service is free for one year.
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