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The company has set up an information portal for the breach so that Americans can check whether their personal data has been affected by the attack, and it's offering one year of its TrustedID Premier service to those who were victims of the breach. "I mean this is like Hurricane Irma size proportions affecting U.S. customers", says Aditi Roy, of CNBC Business News.

Apart from the personal information, hackers were also got the information about the credit card numbers of over 209,000 customers which is really a shocking number.

The US House Financial Services Committee has also announced to hold a hearing regarding the huge data breach.

An Equifax spokesperson said the executives "had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares". So if your information has been exposed, keep an eye on your online bank statements and credit card reports as closely as you can, for as long as you can. Equifax discovered the breach on July 29 and that social security numbers and drivers' license numbers are some of the customer information that may have been stolen.

If your personal information has been compromised you may want to consider a credit-freeze - the nuclear option of protection - Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst for CreditCards.com tells FOX Business.

The Attorney General's Office will be looking further into the facts and circumstances of this security breach.

The Atlanta company said Thursday that the hackers had obtained names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of more than 40 percent of the USA population.

"Even my 8 and 10 year old boys come up as potentially impacted.do they really have information on minors?"

A few paragraphs down, you'll find a "clause" saying that you "the consumer" give up the right to sue Equifax and instead, must settle all disputes through arbitration. You go to this Equifax Impact Page and you hit that button. If you have a past or current credit report, the chances are good you might be part of the breach, she added.

A link on the company's website offers the opportunity "to enroll in complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring".

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