With 143 million people potentially impacted by the Equifax security breach, Pennsylvania’s top legal official is taking a look at the hit in the Keystone State.
“This is a massive data breach of the personal and financial information of millions of Americans,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement Friday. “Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is fully investigating this matter, including the monthslong delay for Equifax to notify consumers, and we will take every step necessary to hold them accountable for compromising Pennsylvanians’ personal information.”
Shapiro is leading a “national multi-state investigation” along with AGs from Connecticut and Illinois.
Equifax is one of the three major credit-reporting agencies. The breach was revealed on Thursday. It was discovered in July, according to the company.
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CNBC said Thursday that the company’s stock tumbled 12 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement.
This is not the first time that Shapiro has taken a hard stance on data. It’s not even the first time this week.
On Tuesday, the AG announced a settlement with tech company Lenovo over software that potentially left consumers vulnerable to online data hacks.
“Lenovo failed to warn consumers the software it installed on their computers made them vulnerable to cyberattacks,” Shapiro said in a release. “Pennsylvania consumers’ personal information and privacy rights should not be compromised by any company, and we’ll fight to protect them.”