New York’s attorney general has opened an investigation into the data breach disclosed Thursday by the consumer-credit reporting agency Equifax. The intrusion may have compromised the Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and other personal information of 143 million Americans.
In a letter sent to Equifax on Friday, the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, requested specific details about when the company learned of the breach, what caused it and whether there was evidence of identity theft, abuse of financial information or data being offered for sale illegally, his office announced.
Mr. Schneiderman also pointed to a website created by Equifax where potential victims of the breach can determine if their data has been made vulnerable. He said he asked Equifax to remove language on the site that could deny victims the right to sue or participate in a class action.
The breach disclosed Thursday is the third major cybersecurity attack Equifax has experienced since 2015 and one of most significant threats to Americans’ personal data in recent years.
Also on Friday, Representative Ted W. Lieu, Democrat of California, sent a letter to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee — Representative Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who lead the panel, and Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the ranking Democrat — calling for a hearing to address the breach.
In his letter, Mr. Lieu asked that representatives of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies — be called to testify about how the latest intrusion occurred and what steps were being taken to prevent future intrusions.
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