Following data breach, 36 Senators request investigation into Equifax stock sales

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Equifax, which said it learned of the breach in late July, said credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and certain documents for another 182,000 were also accessed.

The CAA said Thursday Equifax was its partner on the auto organization's identity protection program, which began in March 2015 and was terminated on July 1, weeks before Equifax discovered the hack on July. 29.

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a consumer alert following a report from Equifax Inc., one of the nation's three major credit reporting agencies, that it experienced a data breach affecting 143 million Americans, including almost 12 million Texans.

UPDATED: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has opened an investigation into the data breach.

The fallout from the Equifax breach is widening.

If consumers gave out personal information to scammers, change passwords, account numbers and security questions. "We know that criminals exploited a USA website application vulnerability".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer also compared Equifax to Enron, a USA energy company that was consumed in scandal after revealing in 2001 that it engaged in widespread accounting fraud. If the firms' suits become class-action cases, they would be one of the largest class-action suits, by number of affected customers, in history. The information is needed to determine if you were affected.

Equifax representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the FTC probe.

"This is Equifax calling to verify your account information". Cybercriminals stole consumers' Social Security numbers, names, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers.

The credit monitoring company's call centre staff said that Canadians who have Equifax accounts in the US could be at risk of having their data compromised, such as those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.

The company said that more than 200,000 credit card numbers were illegally obtained, in addition to 'certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 United States consumers'. "Everyone is going to have to take control of their own personal and financial data by being more diligent and working harder to protect themselves, their information, and their money". Since the company is holding off the details of its investigation, security experts believe that the attack possibly happened after the patch was made available since it was then widely distributed and publicized.