by Colin Daileda, September 7, 2017Sensitive personal information of 143 million people has been stolen from Equifax, the credit reporting agency announced on Thursday.
From mid-May through July of this year, cyber criminals where able to access the personal information of its customers, including social security numbers and drivers license numbers.
143 million people make up about 44 percent of the U.S. population.
"Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company said in a news release about the incident.
The perpetrators also had access to names, birth dates, addresses, and more, including the credit card numbers for around 209,000 people. Perpetrators also accessed information for some residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.
"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do," Equifax CEO Richard Smith said in the release. "I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes."
A Bloomberg reporter tweeted that three Equifax executives sold stock in the company before Thursday's release.