Equifax was hacked nearly 5 month before its first disclosed date

Equifax was hacked nearly 5 month before its first disclosed date

Rohrwasser has led the company's worldwide IT operations, and Ayres was a vice president in the IT organisation. Equifax brought in FireEye-owned Mandiant to help investigate the first incident in March and did the same after it discovered the second attack during the summer.

"We apologize to Canadian consumers who have been impacted by this incident", said Lisa Nelson, president and general manager of Equifax Canada.

Lawmakers, regulators and consumers have sharply criticised Equifax's response to the breach as slow, inadequate and confusing. "As we continue our investigation into the Equifax breach, it's vital to ensure that consumer data at the other major credit reporting agencies is safe".

- Consider freezing your credit reports.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing new state regulations for credit reporting agencies.

State and federal authorities are proposing tougher regulations against Equifax and the entire credit monitoring industry.

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U.S. lawmakers have demanded Equifax release specific details regarding the circumstances surrounding the breach including the timeline, when authorities and board members were informed of the hack and the company's decision to delay public disclosure of the attack for over a month.

Since Social Security numbers were affected, there is risk of tax fraud.

Equifax also says it'll send a notice to all who had personally identifiable information stolen.

Specialist blog Krebs on Security was one of the few outlets to cover the breach at the time - when Equifax initially disclosed the hack to customers in May, two months later.

The data included names, email addresses and telephone numbers but not street addresses or financial data, Equifax said.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) officially opened an investigation into the Equifax breach on September 15 after receiving complaints from Canadians. After receiving many requests from concerned Canadians, the question of how widespread this hack may be for Canadians has landed on the desk of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.