143 Million Americans Data Exposed in Equifax Hack

Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed the social security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans.

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After discovering the breach, but before notifying the public, three Equifax senior executives sold shares in the company worth almost $1.8m.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10 in terms of potential identity theft,” said Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan.

The company established a website, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ , where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information.

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 the company’s chairman and CEO Richard Smith.

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