Massive Equifax Breach Affects Up to 143 Million Americans

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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Author Bio

Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica is a Program Attorney with Lawline. 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 labor & employment litigation attorney. Outside of work, Angelica mentors a bright and funny high school student and serves on the Board of Directors of the TEAK Fellowship. During her free time, Angelica loves to read, try new foods, and spend time with her wife, daughter, and her dog, Scotty.


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