Equifax: 2.4M More Customers had Data Exposed in Previously Reported Hack

Hackers exposed the personal information of millions more consumers in the Equifax incident that the credit reporting agency first announced last September.
On Thursday, Equifax said the breach affected 2.4 million more Americans’ names and drivers license numbers — but it was less data than was exposed from the millions of other victims.
Equifax said it will notify the new victims directly. It will offer identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services at no cost, and many of those affected are also employing digital investigation services to augment this assistance.
The 2.4 million customers were among the 145.5 million credit consumers whose identities were stolen last year. Equifax now says that it was unable to confirm who they were at the time because only partial driver’s license data was taken, the credit bureeau said.
“This is not about newly discovered stolen data,” said Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., Interim Chief Executive Officer. “It’s about sifting through the previously identified stolen data, analyzing other information in our databases that was not taken by the attackers, and making connections that enabled us to identify additional individuals.”
Equifax also states that “forensics experts have found no evidence that Equifax’s core consumer, employment and income, or commercial credit reporting databases were accessed as part of the cyberattack, and the company believes it will have met all applicable requirements to notify consumers.”
Read Equifax’s full statement here.

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