- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed notice of her intent to sue the credit reporting company Equifax after the company announced 143 million Americans had their information exposed - including Social Security numbers, birthdates and address histories.

Healey, a Democrat, said Tuesday the Equifax breach “may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data” her office has seen.

Healey will allege in the lawsuit Equifax did not maintain safeguards needed to protect data in violation of Massachusetts consumer protection and data privacy laws.

Healey said Equifax failed to guard personal information of up to nearly three million Massachusetts residents.

Equifax has blamed an unspecified “website application vulnerability” in the attack.

State law requires the attorney general’s office to send a five-day notice to companies it intends to sue.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide