By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

GAY NEWS — Equifax Inc. [NYSE: EFX]  has reported that its systems were struck by a cyber attack that may have affected close too 143 million U.S. customers of the credit reporting agency, spotlighting the fears many have been saying about the largest and most intrusive breaches in history.

According to Equifax, the hackers accessed customer names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers.

Plus close to 209,000 Credit card numbers of consumers were also accessed. Once the news broke wall street went on a selling spree of Equifax  [NYSE: EFX] shares as everyone watched as the stock dropped more than 13.72 percent in after-hours trading.

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

Equifax has set up for consumers to determine whether their information was compromised. Plus the company says that they are offering free credit-file monitoring and identify-theft protection.

Bloomberg said…”The incident is a stark reminder of the risk of consumers’ personal data being exposed online. It’s particularly worrisome for the millions of people who trust credit-reporting agencies like Equifax to handle and protect their financial information.”


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