Equifax data breach: all you need to know

On Thursday, credit rating agency Equifax announced that it had suffered a major data breach that compromised details of millions of customers, including credit card details of over 209,000 citizens.

Equifax also confirmed that hackers were not able to access core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.

Going by the total number of consumers affected, the Equifax data breach now ranks among the largest data breaches in American history. As admitted by Equifax, the breach compromised sensitive data belonging to 143 million consumers, a number of them foreign citizens.