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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU CALLS FOR HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

September 8, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlate and Ranking Member John Conyers requesting a hearing to investigate how and why the Equifax data breach occurred.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

“It has recently come to my attention that Equifax, a large consumer credit reporting agency, suffered a massive data breach – an intentional and malicious act – that may have exposed the data of up to 143 million American users.”

“According to reports, hackers penetrated a Web-based application for Equifax and subsequently obtained credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers and credit dispute documents for 182,000 users. It appears that Social Security numbers, birthdates, and home addresses may have been compromised as well.”

“In light of recent events, I request the Committee call upon representatives from the “Big Three” credit reporting agencies – Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax – to testify not only on the breach that occurred in May 2017, but also to identify how each company is taking proactive, defensive steps to prevent such breaches in the future.”

“Congress has a strong role to play in preventing such attacks on our financial and IT infrastructure, and must hold those entrusted with our most sensitive data to account.”
 

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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