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Equifax will update Canadians on data breach this week

But it did not quantify how many may have been impacted by the hack.


September 18, 2017
The Canadian Press
by CP STAFF

TORONTO — Equifax Inc. says it intends to provide an update this week to Canadians on the impact of the massive data breach it recently suffered, but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised.

The credit data company based in Atlanta told The Canadian Press that this update will include how Equifax intends to notify any potentially impacted individuals.

Canada’s privacy commissioner said it started a probe into the cyber attack and Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk in writing as soon as possible.

Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it fell victim to a massive cyber attack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and UK residents.

Equifax has since said that approximately 400,000 UK individuals may have been affected, but has not quantified the number of Canadians whose data may have been stolen.

Equifax says on its Canadian website that the personal information that may have been breached includes names, addresses and social insurance numbers.

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