Today In Data: Equifax’s Data Breach


Last week, Equifax disclosed a data breach that could impact 143 million consumers. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized fraudulent access occurred from mid-May through July 2017, Equifax said in a news release. The information includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers, though the company also reported U.S. consumer accounts and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information may have been accessed.

To make matters worse, news reports from September 12 revealed that three Equifax execs had unloaded stocks before releasing data on the hack. Regulatory findings noted Chief Financial Officer John Gamble, President of U.S. Information Solutions Joseph Loughran and President of Workforce Solutions Rodolfo Ploder sold shares worth a combined $1.78 million.

Here are the numbers:

143,000,000 | Consumers potentially impacted by the Equifax data breach

1,780,000 | Combined dollar amount Equifax execs unloaded before revealing fraudulent activity on company consumer and commercial credit reporting databases

209,000 | Credit card numbers possibly gathered by Equifax hackers

182,000 | U.S. consumers whose personal identifying information and dispute documents may have been accessed by Equifax fraudsters

25 | Percentage Equifax stocks had fallen since Thursday (Sept. 7)