Equifax Breach Potentially Affects 143 Million Americans

Equifax breach

Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the U.S., has reported a breach that could affect over 143 million Americans. Hackers had access to social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s license numbers. The “unauthorized access” was identified on July 29, 2017, after an investigation by a third-party forensic firm hired by the credit bureau.

The attackers were able to infiltrate Equifax’s network via an application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Neither the application or the vulnerability that was exploited was disclosed in the findings.

Equifax has provided a website that anyone can use to see if they were impacted by the breach, which can be found here.

It is unclear why web applications tied to so much sensitive consumer data were left unpatched, however a lack of security leadership at Equifax may have been a contributing factor. Until very recently, the company was searching for someone to fill the role of vice president of cybersecurity which, according to Equifax, is akin to the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Updates to this story will be provided as necessary.

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