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Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million US consumers

  • Equifax said data on 143 million U.S. customers was obtained in a breach.
  • The breach was discovered July 29.
  • Personal data including birth dates, credit card numbers and more were obtained in the breach.
  • Three Equifax executives sold shares in the company days after the breach was discovered.

Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States.

The population of the U.S. was about 324 million in 2017, according to Census Bureau estimates, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the country.

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Russia, This Time the Victim of a Cyberattack, Voices Outrage

MOSCOW — Russia was again at the center of a global hacking scandal when computer systems the world over were frozen this weekend by a variant of malicious software known as WannaCry. But this time, Russians were among the victims of the attack, not suspected of being the perpetrators.

In fact, of all the countries afflicted in the first wave of the spread of the malicious software, Russia was hit the hardest: The virus tried to infect more computers in Russia than anywhere else, according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian antivirus company.

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