143 mil­lion

NUM­BER OF US CIT­I­ZENS PO­TEN­TIALLY EX­POSED IN ONE OF THE BIG­GEST SE­CU­RITY BREACHES EVER

APC Australia - - Number Crunch -

A vul­ner­a­bil­ity in credit bureau Equifax’s web­site has al­lowed hack­ers to gain ac­cess to per­sonal files of a po­ten­tial 143 mil­lion US cus­tomers — one of the big­gest hacks of its kind. De­tails re­port­edly ac­cessed in­cluded so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers, driver’s li­cences and credit card de­tails of the cus­tomers. Since the breach has af­fected nearly half the US pop­u­la­tion, a class ac­tion law­suit has been filed, and the cre­ator of the chat­bot DoNotPay (ini­tially set up to chal­lenge US park­ing fines) has added func­tion­al­ity to “au­to­mat­i­cally sue Equifax for up to $25,000” for neg­li­gence.

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