Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said on 7 September that hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
The attack on Equifax represents one of the largest risks to personally sensitive information in recent years, and is the third major cybersecurity threat for the agency since 2015. Equifax, based in Atlanta, is a particularly tempting target for hackers. If identity thieves wanted to hit one place to grab all the data needed to do the most damage, they would go straight to one of the three major credit reporting agencies.
On Wednesday 13 September at 7 p.m., KZYX Point & Click Radio hosts Jim Heid and Bob Laughton explore the Equifax hack and its implications for security of personal information in the Internet age.
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