Equifax says 100000 Canadians' data hacked

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a 32-state investigation into Equifax's data breach.                      KGUN 9 On Your Side

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a 32-state investigation into Equifax's data breach. KGUN 9 On Your Side

Equifax announced late Friday that its chief information officer and chief security officer would leave the company.

Following a report by Bloomberg, Equifax came clean about the breach in a statement.

Webb is being replaced by Mark Rohrwasser, who had been the International CIO for Equifax since July 2016.

The first incident reportedly affected a small number of outsiders and banking customers, who were notified of it in early March.

Federal investigations: Equifax is being investigated by both the Department of Justice and the FBI.

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On Sept. 7, Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit reporting agencies, announced a massive breach affecting 143 million Americans and over 8 million New Yorkers.

A spokesman for the USA attorney's office in Atlanta did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The credit reporting agency announced the breach on September 8 and confirmed the breach occurred between mid-May and July. The flaw had been discovered and fixed by Apache in March, but Equifax had not applied the patch to its own systems by May. "While Equifax fully understands the intense focus on patching efforts, the company's review of the facts is still ongoing".

Equifax was hacked nearly five months before the Atlanta-based company publicly disclosed the breach that may have compromised the personal data, including social security numbers and credit card information, of 143 million Americans, according to Bloomberg. What has not been known, is how exactly many individuals in other countries are at risk. Equifax claims the executives did not know about the data breach when they sold their shares. In Canada, the numbers are not almost as certain as Equifax has not publicly disclosed any estimate. Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would open an investigation, and the state of MA, which she represents, has also said it would file a lawsuit.

Five organizations are known to have received warnings from Equifax that their data was unlawfully accessed in March, and the company also sent a letter to the New Hampshire attorney general admitting to the breach. While Equifax will let you place or lift a freeze for free until November 21, the FTC says that TransUnion and Experian are not.

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