Credit monitor Equifax is the latest major company to be hit by hackers, with 143 million Americans and Canadians having sensitive information stolen.
The hack obtained consumer's names, Social Insurance numbers, date of births, driver's license numbers, addresses, and even some credit card numbers stolen, which is enough data for the hackers to potentially steal the identities of those affected.
The Atlanta-based company said in a statement that “criminals” exploited the U.S. website application and based on its investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July of this year.
While it hasn't been confirmed how many Canadians were affected by the security breach, the company said, "Equifax will work with U.K. and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps."
Equifax has established a website where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information.
It's also important to monitor your bank account and credit card statements for any unusual or suspicious activity, as well watch out for suspicious or unusual emails from Equifax
Source: Global News