Equifax Settles Data Breach Charges
In 2017, hackers struck the data equivalent of a gold mine: Equifax. The consumer credit reporting agency confirmed that individuals had obtained access to its systems and compromised data on roughly 147 million Americans. Equifax also said British and Canadian residents had been impacted by the breach.
The hackers made off with a variety of personal data, including Social Security and driver’s license numbers, birth dates, names, and credit card information.