Equifax, one of the nation's big three credit bureaus, said on Thursday that 143 million Americans were potentially affected by a cybersecurity incident.
The hackers gained unauthorized access to certain personal information, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers.
Credit card numbers for some 209,000 consumers were also accessed, in addition to dispute documents with identifying personal information for another 182,000 consumers who had taken issue with a perceived error on their credit reports.
The company said an internal investigation found no evidence that credit reports were accessed in the breach. These reports contain detailed information about a consumer's financial life, such as their track record in paying their credit card on time or whether they've declared bankruptcy. They are used to calculate the credit scores that banks and other lenders use when deciding whether to approve someone for a loan or credit card.
Read more here: www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2017/09/07/equifax-says-143-million-americans-potentially-impacted-in-cyber-attack/#40409c195097