Equifax a consumer credit reporting agency in the United States revealed on Thursday a security breach in its system as hackers steal sensitive information of 143 million customers. The stolen information included customer’s name, their social security numbers, birthdates and addresses gotten in a series of attacks from May to July this year.
This breach is reported to be one of the largest in the US history and the biggest known data leak this year. The company is one of the three main credit reporting agencies that collect information used to judge a user’s creditworthiness to know if the person is eligible to buy a home, get a loan or have an insurance on credit.
A Bunch Of Unhappy Customers
Due to this development, Equifax provided an opt-out option from its service to its term and conditions, however to the anger of customers, the company requires a form of reconciliation and negotiation as opposed to seeking legal actions and suing the company for the violation of their personal and important information.
The company released a statement stating their disappointment in the new recent event and the actions they have taken while trying to contain the situation. This includes working with the law agencies to monitor the situation and hiring an expert team of cyber security specialists to find out what happened.
Though the company has set up a website (www.equifaxsecurity.com) that allows users check if they were a victim of the attack, most users reported that the website was identified as potentially dangerous and unsafe to visit.
The company is providing free access for users to monitor their credit as well as an all year-round protection against identity theft