By Laura Mack, ProudMoney.com, email@example.com
Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, suffered a computer network breach that may have exposed data of approximately 143 million customers. Since credit files exist almost exclusively for those over 18 years of age, this means that over half the U.S. adult population is likely affected.
What did the hackers get? Equifax says, “The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.”