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Nearly 1/2 of all Americans just had personal data hacked

Equifax managers sell off stocks before notifying U.S. consumers of massive information theft

By Chelsea Schilling | 7 Sep 2017

The personal data of nearly half of all Americans – including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, credit-card information, addresses and even driver’s license numbers – may have been stolen by criminal hackers, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S. said Thursday.


Equifax announced that the data breach may impact as many as 143 million U.S. customers, CNBC reported. That’s nearly half of the current U.S. population of 324 million, meaning it impacts a massive number of Americans and is one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in U.S. history.

Equifax apparently discovered the breach 40 days ago, on July 29, and it is only now announcing the incident.

Equifax said the breach occurred from mid-May through July 2017. Numbers for 209,000 U.S. credit cards were accessed, in addition to “certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.”

However, the company made no mention of the fact that its chief financial officer, John Gamble, sold shares worth $946,374 just three days after the breach was discovered. Also, Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. Information Solutions, sold off $584,099 in stocks. And Rodolfo Ploder, president of Workforce Solutions, sold shares worth $250,458.


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