Equifax data breach impacts 12 million Texans

ABILENE, Texas - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a consumer alert following the Equifax breach that affects nearly 143 million Americans, including 12 million Texans.

The data breach was announced Sept. 7.

Cyber criminals had access to client ' s personal information from social security numbers to driver ' s licenses.

Attorney General Paxton said his office is working to get to the bottom of how the massive data breach occurred.

"We will do what's necessary to hold Equifax accountable," he said. "In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach."

The AG's Consumer Protection Division published tips for Texans who are at risk of identity theft.