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Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. (Photo: Mike Stewart/AP)
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a massive breach which seized control of the news the world over. By exploiting a website application vulnerability in Equifax’s system, hackers were able to gain access to the personal data of approximately 143 millon consumers in the United States, UK and Canada.. This included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.