Massive Equifax Breach Affects Up to 143 Million Americans

Angelica Cesario | September 8, 2017

Equifax, a major consumer crediting reporting agency, announced yesterday that a cyberattack compromised its data, potentially affecting up to 143 million Americans. Unfortunately, while data breaches are not unheard of, this data breach is potentially severe because of the nature of the information that Equifax houses. Personal identifying information, including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and birth dates may have been compromised. According to the New York Times, this is the third time in the last year that hackers have successfully penetrated Equifax data.

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Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Lead Program Attorney. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney. Outside of work, Angelica serves on the Board of Directors of the TEAK Fellowship, a non-profit academic and cultural enrichment program that provides educational access to top NYC students. Angelica is the proud mom of an energetic toddler. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new foods, and catching up on her favorite TV shows.


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