Equifax breach risks 143 million Americans’ data, stock plunges 13%

Hackers used a website vulnerability to breach credit-reporting firm Equifax Inc. EFX, +0.94% possibly accessing personal data from up to two-thirds of the adult population of the U.S., the company disclosed late Thursday.

The hackers had access from mid-May until July of this year, and the breach may have compromised data from 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers. About 209,000 credit card numbers were exposed as well as “dispute documents with personal identifying information” for 182,000 Americans, the company said in a news release.

Equifax is one of the three largest U.S.

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