Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a cyber heist that exposed the social security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. The cyber theft obtained consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers!
he irony: Equifax is the agency many people use to guard against identity theft and one that businesses turn to when verifying a person is who they say they are. Now, with the private information in the hands of cyber thieves, customers are being placed in a difficult position. "Equifax is tasked with actually protecting this information in the form of identity theft protection and here we are with almost half of the country's population being affected," Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com told NBC News.