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Credit reference agencies suffer data breach

Two of the largest credit reporting agencies and data list suppliers have acknowledged that they have suffered data security breaches through unauthorised intrusions into their systems. Nottingham based Experian and Equifax, suppliers of QAS and the dis-connect/re-connect lists respectively acknowledged the breach to Bloomberg earlier this month. Tim Klein, a spokesman for Equifax, told the news agency that a hacker gained “fraudulent and unauthorized access” to at least four consumer credit reports at the credit reporting agency. Credit reports and sensitive data on celebrity Paris Hilton, as well as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and FBI director Robert Mueller appeared on a website called Exposed.

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