Dec 04, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Credit-reporting service Equifax Canada is apologizing to thousands of Canadians – whose personal information was compromised by hackers.
Chief privacy officer John Russo has told MPs on the House of Commons Ethics, Information and Privacy Committee – that Equifax officials were devastated by the lapse at the company’s American parent firm – which affected 19-thousand Canadians this year.
The breach included names, addresses and social insurance and credit card numbers – in addition to usernames, passwords and secret question/secret answer data.
Hackers also accessed or stole the personal data of over 145 million Americans – and nearly 400 thousand Britons.
The breach was discovered in late July – but wasn’t made public until early September.
Equifax has notified affected Canadians by mail and offered them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.