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Attorney General Shapiro investigates Equifax data breach

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The massive data breach involving Equifax is now under investigation by Attorney General Josh Shapiro's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The national credit-reporting agency breach impacted up to 143 million consumers nationwide, according to a news release from the attorney general's office. It is unsure how many Pennsylvanians' have been impacted. Equifax reported cyber criminals gained access to consumer's names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and driver's license information. 

Shapiro's national, multistate investigation will review the breach information, and he is leading it along with the Atorrney Generals of Connecticut and Illinois. 

Equifax said the breach occurred sometime between mid-May and July, but discovered the hack on July 29. Their report also stated that about 209,000 consumers' credit card numbers were compromised as well as documents containing personal information related to credit reporting disputes for about 182,000 consumers. 

"This is a massive data breach of the personal and financial information of millions of Americans," Shapiro said. "Pennsylvania's Bureau of Consumer Protection is fully investigating this matter, including the months-long delay for Equifax to notify consumers, and will take every step necessary to hold them accountable for compromising Pennsylvanians' personal information."

Shapiro encourages individuals to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. Equifax is providing free service for one year through TrustedID Premier. To enroll, click here.


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