Approximately 143 million U.S. consumers might be affected by a cyber-security breach of the national credit-reporting company Equifax, reports USA Today.
In case you're wondering, 143 million consumers is roughly 44 percent of the U.S. population, and those breaches primarily involved the theft of names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, and in some cases even driver's license numbers. Hackers also may have stolen the credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers. The company announced the breach on Thursday, and said the attacks occurred from mid-May through July 2017.
Those outside the U.S. weren't entirely safe either. The hackers also gained limited access to the personal information of certain U.K. and Canadian consumers.
"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes," said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith in a statement
Equifax reported the attack to authorities on July 29, has hired a cyber-security company to conduct an investigation and is still working with authorities.
The company also launched a dedicated website to assist affected consumers.
However, recourse in the matter might not be so easy for some...
FYI: If you've ever used the Equifax website (e.g. ever checked your credit report on their site), you're bound by arbitration and can't sue— Susan J. Fowler (@susanthesquark) September 7, 2017
When everyone gets their $35 class action settlement check from the Equifax bankruptcy it will be cool. Beers?— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 7, 2017