Equifax Data Breach 2017
Equifax: Top 3 U.S. credit bureau, 800M+ global data, breach hit 147M, mainly U.S. individuals.
In September 2017, Equifax announced that it had suffered a data breach. The unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The breach exposed a vast amount of personal data, including:
The breach was caused by a vulnerability in the Apache Struts web application framework, which Equifax used for one of its online dispute portals. A patch for this vulnerability was available two months before the breach began, but Equifax failed to apply it in time.