Investigation into Experian breach and how it happened

Multiple US states are now investigating a major data breach suffered by a company Experian purchased, with more than 200 million people exposed.

Published Thu, Apr 3 2014 9:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Credit bureau Experian is now facing a multi-state investigation following a data breach that left almost 200 million people at risk of data theft.

Investigation into Experian breach and how it happened |

"We are investigating," according to a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, in a statement to Reuters. "It's part of a multi-state investigation."

Vietnamese citizen Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty for his part in the theft, in which he sold stolen information to a large number of cybercriminals.

It shouldn't be surprising to hear there is a thorough investigation into the breach - not only was the company compromised using clever social engineering - Experian is a leading credit bureau in the United States.

President Barack Obama's administration wants companies to do a better job of keeping customer data secure, as lucrative underground black markets exist for the data. However, companies tend to be lackadaisical until some type of regulation is passed - or if a breach happens and decision makers don't want the same issues to happen again.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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