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Credit reporting giant Equifax says data breach could affect 143 million U.S. consumers

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting firms, announced Thursday that its computer systems had been breached, leading to the unauthorized access of Social Security numbers and birthdates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. The company said the intrusion — enabled by a website...
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