Great Britain’s data watchdog the Information Commissioner has announced it is investigating a major data breach at Equifax, the credit monitoring company. The personal details of millions of customers in the United States and United Kingdom are believed to have been stolen.

It was reported late on Thursday that cyber criminals had managed to steal the personal details of some 143 million Equifax customers in a major data breach – possibly the biggest ever – and the lost data includes financial information.

Data Breaches and Hacking – No Company is Safe

EquifaxEquifax announced that the hackers had succeeded in exposing personal data belonging to millions of customers between May and July. The information that the hackers obtained includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, some driving license details. Additionally, around 200,000 credit card numbers have also been compromised. They have said that a “limited” number of British customers’ data has been compromised.

In response, the company set up an advice section on its website and has said it will provide free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all if its affected customers.

Keep Your Business Safe from Hackers

Just because your company is smaller than Equifax and located in Hull, East Yorkshire or Lincolnshire does not mean that your data is not at risk. If hackers succeed in taking data then it affects your reputation, can harm your customers, and you may be fined by the Information Commissioner if you cannot prove you took reasonable steps to keep the data secure.

Digitalquill – Experts in IT Security

At Digitalquill we help businesses across the East Riding keep their customer data safe from prying eyes. Whether it is securing a wireless router, protecting confidential data, setting up a backup regime or maybe you need help to be compliant with the rules around credit card processing – we can help you. For more information call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.