September 20, 2017

Equifax hack makes you ask: are US organisations ready for the GDPR?

On 7 September the The Washington Post reported that a security breach at Equifax, a US credit rating bureau, resulted in hackers gaining access to personal data belonging to an estimated 143 million individuals. Apparently, the breach was due to an 11-year-old website application flaw that compromised the personal information of not only Americans, but British and Canadian consumers. Amongst the stolen personal data are names, driver’s license details, credit card numbers, social security numbers and birth dates – basically the key ingredients for identity fraud.