UK officials have slapped Equifax with a £500,000 (US$660,000) fine for failing to protect up to 15 million citizens' personal data. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced its verdict after almost a year-long investigation with the Financial Conduct Authority.
Together, they looked into the massive Equifax breach that affected 146 million people around the world. Cybercriminals infiltrated the consumer credit reporting agency's systems by using an exploit on its website to gain access to people's names, addresses, birthdates, SSNs, as well as tax and driver's license information.

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