According to the The Associated Press, Equifax has reported a breach in highly classified information: social security numbers and other data. The credit monitoring company estimated that the breach exposed 143 million American citizens.
The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.
It said consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers were exposed. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were also accessed.
The company said hackers also accessed some “limited personal information” from British and Canadian residents.
Equifax reports that as far as they know, consumers from other countries were not affected, only Americans.
Business Insider reports that there is a way to check and see if you were one of the ones affected.
Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help you find out whether your information was compromised.
Once there, you can click to check your potential impact.
Equifax says security breach exposed Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other data for 143M Americans. https://t.co/BzErTpkbO2
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 7, 2017
Equifax needs my social security number to check if someone stole my social security number. Head explodes.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) September 7, 2017
If you, like me, freaked when you saw that Equifax news, here's how to check if your info's been compromised https://t.co/5XZqSPxfN5
— Lydia Ramsey (@lydiaramsey125) September 7, 2017
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