Equifax, an American consumer credit reporting agency, reported yesterday of a hack letting siphon personal data of around 143 mln people, the information includes Social Security Numbers, credit histories, dates of birth and addresses, being a grand security fail at a company gathering and maintaining data of hundreds of millions people.
As Equifax says, the intrusion started back in May and was going on till the end of July when it was detected. It was a website application vulnerability that the attackers used to get to the sensitive data of not only Americans, but also clients from UK and Canada, according to the company’s report.
Possession of Social Security Numbers and dates of birth can provide the base for identity theft and similar crimes. Among other information that was snatched – unknown amount of driver license numbers, over 200,000 credit card numbers and over 180,000 documents on credit dispute. Equifax pointed out that the hackers didn’t enter the core credit reporting databases.
The U.S. company is in the leading group of credit agencies operating worldwide, it stores detailed financial data on an array of various consumers globally.