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**This image is for use with this specific article only** Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans — almost half the country.

OKLAHOMA CITY – State leaders are warning Oklahomans about the data breach that affected millions of Americans.

Last week Equifax said that a security breach released information of approximately 143 million customers including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and possibly even driver’s license numbers.

Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29, and believe the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the threat has potentially left all Oklahomans exposed and urges everyone to see if their information has been compromised.

“There is a risk all Oklahomans had their personal and private information stolen by hackers,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Individuals must be diligent and take the proper steps to protect their families and loved ones.”

The attorney general’s office encourages Oklahomans to take the following steps:

  • Visit the Equifax website to find out if your information was exposed
  • Call the Equifax call center at (866) 447-7559
  • Check credit reports
  • Consider placing a freeze on all credit files
  • Closely monitor existing credit card and bank account information
  • Watch for phishing emails that claim to be Equifax and request personal information.

Additionally, Equifax has updated the terms of use on its website, removing the language on the website last week that prohibited consumers from taking legal action in this incident.