Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers

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"Criminals exploited a USA website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files", the company said. Ondrej Vlcek, CTO and general manager at security outfit Avast, speculates that the attackers used a SQL injection flaw to gain access.

The company added that 209,000 USA credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 US consumers".

That's because the company reported that consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers were exposed.

The men "sold a small percentage of their Equifax shares", a spokeswoman for the company Ines Gutzmer, said in a statement to Bloomberg. Many consumers, and some experts are not happy about having to provide personal information to a company that has been hacked. "I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes".

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Richard Smith, chief executive of Equifax, said that the breach - which is one of the largest ever reported in the U.S. - was, er, "disappointing".

The credit reporting company Equifax says a breach may have compromised personal information on as many as 134 million Americans.

"We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data, and we are conducting a thorough review of our overall security operations".

Equifax said it doesn't believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.

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Dworsky says the hackers have one goal: "They're really trying to steal your identity, your good credit", Dworsky said.

Ines Gutzmer, the spokeswoman for Equifac Inc. confirmed the news and declared that the trio had no knowledge of the intrusion when they sold their stocks.

Equifax data breach extent.

Credit reporting giant Equifax last night reported a hack which exposed the personal details of 143m Americans, with some United Kingdom citizens also affected.

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