The huge cyberattack that hit Equifax is now estimated to have affected 100,000 Canadians.
Credit data company Equifax Canada says those affected here may have had their personal information like names, addresses, social insurance numbers and in some cases credit card numbers compromised.
“We apologize to Canadian consumers who have been impacted by this incident,” Lisa Nelson, president and general manager of Equifax Canada, said in a statement.
Equifax said Tuesday that it will be sending mailed notices directly to Canadians who have been impacted in the cyberhack outlining the steps they should take.
It is also offering Canadians whose data was put at risk free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for the next 12 months, a service offered to U.S. residents on the day the cyberattack was first announced.
On Sept. 7, Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents. The company is now facing investigations in Canada and the U.S.
At least two proposed class actions have been filed in Canada and many more in the U.S. against Equifax in connection with the data breach.
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