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Here's how to check if your personal information was compromised by the Equifax hack

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A cybersecurity breach at credit reporting firm Equifax could potentially compromise the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers.

Information accessed by the hackers includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. The credit card numbers of about 209,000 U.S. customers was also compromised. The dispute documents of about 182,000 consumers were also accessed. 

The company said Thursday the hacking occurred between May and July 2017. The unauthorized access was discovered by Equifax on July 29. 

Head to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or call 866-447-7559 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern time to determine if your personal information has been compromised. Equifax said it will send direct mail to customers with compromised credit card numbers or dispute documents with personally identifiable information. 

The company said it is working with a cybersecurity firm, law enforcement, and regulators. 

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