Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said hackers had gained access to company data that potentially compromised sensitive information for 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, The New York Times reported. Equifax is a particularly tempting target for hackers. If identity thieves wanted to hit one place to grab all the data needed to do the most damage, they would go straight to one of the three major credit reporting agencies. “This is about as bad as it gets,” said Pamela Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit research group. “If you have a credit report, chances are you may be in this breach.” Three Equifax executives sold shares of the company worth nearly $2 million shortly after the data breach was discovered and before the company announced it to the public, CNN Money reported. Equifax said the executives "had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred" when they made the sales. A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Equifax Inc. late Thursday evening, Bloomberg reported, alleging that Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards.