Uh-Oh, This Can't Be Good. Experian Subsidiary Being Investigated for Breach That Might Have Exposed 200 Million (!) Social Security Numbers to Criminals. If True, We May Want to Downgrade Experian's Credit Score. Our Non-TV Story of the Day Reuters
"A number of U.S. states are jointly investigating a data breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed the social security numbers of some 200 million people to potential criminal activity," report Jim Finkle and Karen Freifeld for Reuters.
The story adds: "A Vietnamese man last month confessed in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to orchestrating the breach, so the focus of the multistate investigation will likely be on whether Experian and other parties followed laws requiring companies to properly secure consumer data and comply with breach disclosure rules."
The report also notes: "A spokesman for Experian, which is best known for providing consumer credit histories, declined comment on the probe, saying the company does not comment on such investigations as a matter of policy."
To read more about the details of this probe, we urge you to click on the link in our first paragraph, which will take you to the original Reuters story.