Credit Bureau Equifax announced Thursday, September 7, for the period from may to July 2017 a group of hackers managed to access personal data, 143 million Americans, reports the Associated Press.
Company Equifax, headquartered in Atlanta, has offices in dozens of countries, including USA, Canada, Brazil, UK and other countries.
The press service of the company reports that the attackers used a vulnerability in the security system application on the official website of Equifax, getting access to social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, to numbers of permits, RIA Novosti reported.
In addition, criminals have gained access to credit card data 209 thousand people and documents with personal information about 182 thousand people.
According to Equifax, the hacking affected the interests of only the US clients.
Chapter Equifax Richard Smith apologized to customers. The company’s promise that the investigation into the incident, which became known still on July 29, will be completed in the coming weeks.
The company has created a web site equifaxsecurity2017.com where customers can check whether their stolen personal information. They can also call 866-447-7559 for more information. Experian also offered free credit monitoring to all of us during the year.