Almost half of the US population may have been affected by the massive Equifax data breach, with the credit bureau revealing the personal info for as many as 143 million customers may have been exposed. Even as a handful of its top execs face a barrage of criticism for selling nearly $2 million in shares just days after the hack was discovered, the company is scrambling to deal with the aftermath and alleviate customer concerns. CNET offers a primer of sorts as to what's going on, with more input from around the web:
- From the POV of Ars Technica, this breach could be "the worst leak of personal info ever." That's not based on numbers alone, as recent Yahoo and eBay hacks resulted in more people affected. Instead, that label is earned from the "breathtaking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals," including full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even driver's license numbers.