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The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers."
"This is a security risk for any and every website that anyone uses," Christopher O'Rourke, CEO and founder of cyber-security firm Soteria told CNBC. "Most often, security questions to access those websites use that data, like a previous address, so this becomes an open-source intelligence nightmare, worse in many ways than the Office of Professional Management government breach. It's nasty. If I can get my hands on that information I can call a bank. They're going to ask me for your social, address, the information that was leaked here, to get access."
Equifax CEO and Chairman Richard Smith said apologized to consumers and customers and noted that he's aware the breach affects what Equifax is supposed to protect.
Equifax said it is now alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete.Link to original News Story: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/07/credit-reporting-firm-equifax-says-cybersecurity-incident-could-potentially-affect-143-million-us-consumers.html