Md. lawmakers discuss what they're doing protect residents from Equifax breach

It turns out more Americans were victims of the Equifax data breach than first thought.

It turns out more Americans were victims of the Equifax data breach than first thought.

The credit reporting agency revealed another 2.4 million American were impacted by last year's data breach on Thursday. In total, more than 148 million Americans have been impacted by the situation.

Hundreds of people showed up to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Thursday night to discuss the issue of consumer protection during a public forum event.

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Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh was in attendance. He told WUSA9 the state of Maryland is taking part in a multi-state investigation of Equifax.

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"We're going to be looking for compensation," he said. "We're going to be looking for the kind of relief that ensures that it doesn't happen again."

US Senator Chris Van Hollen, (D) Maryland, also spoke at the forum.

He said he is fighting to defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the Trump administration's efforts to de-fund it.

The watchdog agency, which got its start following the 2008 financial crisis, has been criticized by many conservatives. They feel it has overstepped its legal authority.

However, liberals claim the agency has the power to keep Americans safe from the missteps of financial companies like Equifax.

"We've really got to push back on efforts to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau altogether and the rules they put into place to protect you, me and other consumers," Van Hollen said.