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Millions of customer records compromised in Equifax breach

Millions of customer records compromised in Equifax breach

About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cybersecurity breach.

Equifax said cyber criminals accessed data such as social security numbers, date of births and addresses between mid-May and the end of July, which is when the company discovered the breach.

The firm said malicious hackers gained access to its systems by exploiting a “website application vulnerability”, but provided no further details.

Among other information the hackers accessed credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers.

Richard Smith, Chief Executive at Equifax, said the incident was “disappointing” and “one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do”.

He added: "I apologise to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.

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

The company said it was working with law enforcement agencies and had hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident.

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