【美国信贷巨头Equifax 1.43亿用户数据泄露,股价暴跌5%】

【美国信贷巨头Equifax 1.43亿用户数据泄露,股价暴跌5%】美国消费者信贷机构Equifax周四表示,他们于7.29遭受了严重的数据盗窃事件。泄露的数据包括姓名,生日,社会保障号码,住址和驾驶执照,超过20万张信用卡号码也被盗,波及到1.43亿美国消费者和部分英国、加拿大居民。 Equifax的股价当天下跌了5%,公司主席发表道歉,并表示正在与政府合作调查中。

143 MILLION people's Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other personal details may have been stolen in massive cybersecurity hack of credit agency Equifax

  • Consumer credit agency Equifax says that they suffered massive data breach
  • The information leak occurred on July 29 and may have affected 143 million
  • The company's stock dropped five per cent in after-hours trading Thursday
  • Data collected in the breach included Social Security numbers and licenses
  • The company said that over 200,000 credit card numbers were also stolen
  • CEO and Chairman of Equifax issued an apology and said the company is working with authorities
By Afp and Daniel Roth For Dailymail.com

Credit agency giant Equifax said on Thursday that a breach of its cybersecurity system may have affected 143 million consumers in the United States as well as some data for British and Canadian residents.

The company, which safeguards financial data for consumers applying for credit, said in a statement it learned of the breach on July 29 and 'acted immediately' with the assistance of an independent cybersecurity firm to assess the impact.

'Criminals exploited a US website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,' the statement said.

Consumer credit agency Equifax says that 143 million consumers may have been affected by massive data breach 
Following the announcement, shares of Equifax dropped five per cent in after-hours trading

To put that in perspective, the breach affected well over a third of the population in America, which stood at 324 million as of January 1, 2017, according to the US Census Bureau.

Shares of the company's stock dropped more than five per cent during after-hours trading, CNBC noted.

The data collected by the cyber-thieves contained a trove private information including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and driver's licenses of consumers.

The company said that more than 200,000 credit card numbers were illegally obtained, in addition to 'certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 US consumers.'

'This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,' said company chairman and chief executive Richard Smith.

'I apologize 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 also said that more than 200,000 credit card numbers were illegally obtained

Equifax said it would work with American, British and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps for customers affected in those countries, but added that it 'found no evidence that personal information of consumers in any other country has been impacted.'

Equifax said it had established a website to enable consumers to determine if they are affected and would be offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers.

The company is the latest to announce a major breach. Yahoo last year disclosed two separate cyber attacks which affected as many as one billion accounts.

More than 400 million accounts were affected by a breach disclosed last year at the hookup site Adult Friend Finder, and other firms affected in recent years included Heartland Payment Systems and retail giant Target.

原文链接:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4863648/Credit-agency-Equifax-info-143-million-stolen.html


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