AG Hawley announces investigation into Equifax
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office's investigation into Equifax Tuesday, along with attorneys general from 43 other states.
The investigation began shortly after Equifax announced a security breach had exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans to hackers.
“My office is working aggressively to protect the interests of Missourians in light of the recent Equifax breach,” Hawley said in a news release.
Investigators are seeking information from Equifax about what caused the breach, why it took the company nearly two months to announce the breach after it had occurred, what security Equifax had at the time of the breach and how Equifax plans to protect affected customers.
In a letter addressed to the Equifax lead defense counsel, Hawley and the other attorneys general outlined major concerns that have come to the attention of their offices during their investigations.
Chief among the concerns was Equifax offering fee-based credit monitoring while simultaneously offering the same service for free. The letter decried the practice as an attempt to profit from consumer uncertainty and fear.