A security breach at credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. that could affect up to 143 million people in the United States has also exposed “limited personal information” for an undisclosed number of Canadians.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. As part of its investigation of this application vulnerability, Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents. Equifax will work with UK and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps. The company has found no evidence that personal information of consumers in any other country has been impacted.
The company has established a website — www.equifaxsecurity2017.com — where people can check to see whether their personal information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information.