Equifax Says 143 Million Consumers May Have Been Affected in Cyberattack

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Equifax Inc. has yet to disclose how many Canadians were affected by a massive cyberattack on about 143 million of the credit reporting agency’s customers.

Hackers targeted names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s licence numbers, Equifax said in a statement. “Limited personal information” from residents in Canada and the U.K. was also accessed, it said.

But David Harrison, a former physics professor at the University of Toronto, received a suspicious letter claiming to be from Equifax and believes his information may have been hit by the breach.

“I thought it was some sort of a scam, so I’ve been checking my bank account every day online,” Harrison said.

The letter indicated there was “new activity” in Harrison’s credit file and a suspicious charge of $88. It provided a www.creditalert.ca link to a websitethat his web browser automatically blocked.

“If some mysterious charges appearing on my bank account, I’m going to start screaming loudly at my credit union,” Harrison said. “I don’t know what more I can do.”

The letter was dated Aug. 24 but Harrison received it on Tuesday, about a week after he decided to cancel his $20 monthly Equifax subscription, billed on their website as a “comprehensive credit monitoring and identity theft protection product.”

 

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