US FTC opens probe into massive Equifax hack

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The Federal Trade Commission has opened a probe into Equifax's massive data breach, where hackers stole a treasure trove of personal information about up to 143 million people.

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"The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach," spokesman Peter Kaplan said in a brief email statement.

Equifax did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the FTC probe.

The FTC will file a complaint against companies that it feels have been sloppy in protecting consumer data.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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