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Equifax, one of the big three credit bureaus, suffered a security breach this week that exposed personal information over 143 subscribers. The bureau has established a credit monitoring service for those individuals who may have been affected by the massive leak. 

EndGadget writes in its report that the Equifax breach was a months-long operation that lasted from May until near the end of June before its security teams realized the carnage taking place. In the leak, hackers were able to see social security numbers, addresses, and more for over a third of the U.S. population of 323 million.

Users in the United Kingdom were also slammed, which included around 209,000 credit card numbers and around 182,000 credit dispute documents in the breach.

To help subscribers, the company has launched a free year-long service that will monitor changes across the other major bureaus of Transunion and Experian.

Why couldn’t the hackers hit Sallie Mae and hit that good delete button, though?

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