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The US Congress is going to hold two hearings on the massive Equifax data breach

Still, it’s likely to spell only the start of serious scrutiny for Equifax, where hackers earlier this summer gained access to Social Security numbers, home addresses and some credit card data.

“This unprecedented data Breach could impact tens of millions of Americans and raises serious questions about the security of our personal information online,” said Rep. Greg Walden, the Republican who leads the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“After receiving an initial briefing from Equifax, I have decided to hold a hearing on the matter so that we can learn what went wrong and what we need to do to better protect consumers from serious breaches like this in the future,” he said in a statement.

The House Financial Services Committee also plans to hold a hearing on the incident, its leader, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, announced earlier in the day .

But lawmakers have struggled for years to write and pass legislation that would set a single, national standard for how companies inform consumers when their private data has been stolen.

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  • Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million in the USNew York Times
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  • New York AG -- among others -- examining massive Equifax hackCBS News
  • Criticism of Equifax Data Breach Response Mounts, Shares TumbleU.S. News & World Report
  • Does Equifax's data breach website restrict your legal rights?Chicago Tribune
  • So, Equifax says your data was hacked—now what?Ars Technica
  • Equifax cyber breach: How to safeguard your informationWLS-TV
  • Equifax's arbitration clause raises eyebrows after data
  • UPDATE 1-Equifax: First the hacking, then the lawsuitsReuters

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