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143 million US consumers possibly impacted by Equifax data breach

Some 143 million US consumers, as well as some residents of Britain and Canada, might have been impacted by a cybersecurity breach that took place across several months earlier this year at Equifax, the Atlanta-based credit bureau said Thursday, according to dpa.

Details including names, social security numbers, birthdates, addresses and some driver's license numbers were accessed during the incident, which took place from mid-May to July and was discovered on July 29, Equifax said in a statement.

Credit card numbers for some 209,000 people were accessed, as were dispute documents for about 182,000 people, the company said.

Main consumer or commercial credit reporting databases, however, appear not to have been accessed, Equifax said.

Consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents were accessed will receive mailed notification from Equifax and the company has created a website where consumers can see if they've been impacted by the breach.

Equifax is one of three major credit reporting agencies in the US, along with TransUnion and Experian, and provides credit score reporting and monitoring services.

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