Equifax breach worsens, sparking more concerns about consumer's data
Equifax has confirmed that the massive data breach it announced last year is larger than previously thought, affecting an additional 2.4 million U.S. consumers.
New details of the breach were announced by the credit reporting company Thursday, taking the total number of victims to 147.9 million. The company says the additional consumers only had their names and part of their driver's license numbers stolen, unlike the original 145.5 million Americans who had their Social Security numbers impacted.
Attackers were unable to get the state where the license was issued, the date of issuance or its expiration date.
“This information was partial because, in the vast majority of cases, it did not include consumers' home addresses, or their respective driver's license states,dates of issuance, or expiration dates,” the company explained in a statement.
EQUIFAX COULD MAKE MONEY FROM ITS OWN BREACH; 2.4 MILLION MORE ARE EXPOSED
Equifax confirmed the initial cybersecurity incident in September 2017, noting that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files.
It remains the largest data breach of personal information in history.