Equifax, a top leading consumer credit reporting agency said on Thursday that hackers had obtained access to important data of the company. They announced that 143 million American consumers’ sensitive information could get affected by this incident. Hackers utilized a United States website vulnerability to obtain access to several data. Company’s investigation found that the suspicious access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. But the company has not found any evidence of that intruder’s activity.
The criminals gained access to information including names, birth dates, driver’s license number, social security number, and addresses. This is the third big cyber security threat of the agency since 2015
Richard F. Smith, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer said, “This is clearly a disappointing event for our company and one that strikes at the heart of who we are what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.”
The company said that hackers utilized the weak point of the website software and obtained access to several files in the company’s system. The agency was aware of the attack and was chasing state.
The executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit research group, Pamela Dixon said, “This is about as bad as it gets.” “If you have a credit report, chances are you may be in this breach. The chances are much better than 50 percent.”
Equifax has developed a comprehensive portfolio of services to support consumers determine if their data has been affected. They are focusing on consumer’s protection right now.