NYers go af­ter Equifax

8 breach suits filed


More than a dozen New York­ers have filed eight fed­eral law­suits against Equifax over its mas­sive data breach.

The 13 vic­tims are seek­ing class-ac­tion sta­tus for their claims, filed in Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn.

Some 143 mil­lion So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers — rep­re­sent­ing nearly half of Amer­i­can adults — were hacked, the com­pany has ad­mit­ted. Around 8 mil­lion New York­ers are be­lieved to be im­pacted.

In all, 164 fed­eral suits have been filed against Equifax since Sept. 8, the day af­ter the com­pany re­vealed the data breach. It’s un­known how many of those claims per­tain to the con­tro­versy.

At­lanta-based Equifax sparked out­rage and anx­i­ety af­ter it ad­mit­ted the sen­si­tive data, which in­cludes credit-card and driver’s li­cense num­bers were hacked from its com- puter sys­tems over a twom­onth pe­riod this past sum­mer.

The com­pany’s af­fil­i­ates on two other con­ti­nents have also seen their data com­pro­mised.

“This is now an in­ter­na­tional prob­lem with un­told ex­po­sure that could im­pact hun­dreds of ju­ris­dic­tions,” said Isaac Boltan­sky, a Washington-based pol­icy an­a­lyst and vice pres­i­dent of Com­pass Point Re­search and Trad­ing.

Tens of thou­sands of Equifax cus­tomers in the United King­dom, Canada and Ar­gentina have been com­pro­mised, the com­pany ad­mit­ted.

Se­cu­rity was so lax in Ar­gentina, ac­cord­ing to blog­ger Brian Krebs, that em­ploy­ees could ac­cess the per­sonal data of thou­sands of Ar­gen­tine con­sumers by typ­ing in “ad­min” as a lo­gin and a pass­word.

In New York, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man has an­nounced a probe of the se­cu­rity breach.

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