Equifax hack may have exposed some Canadians to threat of identity theft

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Equifax Inc., a massive credit-reporting company, was hit with a cyberattack that left almost half the U.S. population at risk of identity theft.

Hackers were able to access names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and some driver’s licence numbers of potentially 143 million customers, Equifax said in a statement on Thursday. The hack led to the company’s stock falling the most it has in almost two decades.

The report also stated that some Canadian residents were affected.

“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes,” CEO Richard Smith said.

Read more at Financial Post Business

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.