Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million US consumers

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States.

The population of the U.S. was about 324 million as of Jan. 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the United States.

Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company said.

Shares of Equifax fell more than 5 percent during after-hours trading.

Leaked data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver's license numbers, all of which the company aims to protect for its customers. The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers."

Equifax CEO and Chairman Richard Smith said apologized to consumers and customers and noted that he's aware the breach affects what Equifax is supposed to protect.

Equifax said it is now alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Drought ends: American women beat Canada 3-2 in SO for gold

    Drought ends: American women beat Canada 3-2 in SO for gold

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-22 07:25:56 GMT

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory over Canada.    Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of Thursday's shootout to clinch it.

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory over Canada.    Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of Thursday's shootout to clinch it.

  • Spokane gas station's stolen propane tanks appear to be for sale online

    Spokane gas station's stolen propane tanks appear to be for sale online

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:06 AM EST2018-02-22 07:06:22 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. -  Last month thieves hit a gas station in north Spokane and were caught on camera getting away with 12 brand new propane tanks worth more than $500. The business, Divine's on Nevada and Wellesley, reported the theft to police and posted about it online. "We do a lot  with the community as far as working with SNAP and other agencies to fill propane for customers in need who use it to heat their home," said Divine's manager Sonya Bray.

    SPOKANE, Wash. -  Last month thieves hit a gas station in north Spokane and were caught on camera getting away with 12 brand new propane tanks worth more than $500. The business, Divine's on Nevada and Wellesley, reported the theft to police and posted about it online. "We do a lot  with the community as far as working with SNAP and other agencies to fill propane for customers in need who use it to heat their home," said Divine's manager Sonya Bray.

  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 21st

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 21st

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:00 AM EST2018-02-22 07:00:10 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 21st.

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 21st.