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Equifax reports data breach may impact 143 million US consumers

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ATLANTA (AP) - Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans.
    
The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.
    
It said consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers were exposed. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were also accessed.

Click here to check to see if your personal information may have been accessed in the breach.

Please be sure to read the terms and conditions before checking whether your personal information was compromised. Signing up for Equifax's help site could mean waiving your right to a class-action lawsuit. The company is taking criticism for trying to bind consumers to mandatory arbitration when signing up for their monitoring service. 

The company said hackers also accessed some "limited personal information" from British and Canadian residents. Equifax said it doesn't believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.

News 5 will have more on this data breach coming up Friday night on News 5. 

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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