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Equifax Facing First State Suit After Massive Data Breach

(Bloomberg) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey put her state on track to be the first to sue Equifax Inc. over a massive data breach that affected about 143 million U.S. consumers, including 3 million in her state.
The lawsuit will allege that Equifax failed to maintain appropriate safeguards for the personal information in violation of state rules governing consumer protection and data privacy, Healey said Tuesday in a statement.
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“This may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen,” she said. “My office is acting as quickly as possible to hold Equifax accountable for the risks that millions of consumers now face.”
Ines Gutzmer, a spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Equifax, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
The cyberattack at the credit-reporting firm, reported last week, may have compromised the personal data of almost half the U.S. population. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation last week, while Connecticut and other states have said they’d seek information about the breach.
The lawsuit will be the first of many by state attorneys general, with investigations by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation likely to follow, said Jon Barooshian, a former prosecutor in Massachusetts who isn’t involved in the case.
“This is an egregious failure to protect personal data by one of

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