Equifax’s huge 2017 information breach retains getting worse
(Michael Nagle/Bloomberg Information)
By Brian Fung
Equifax stated Thursday that 2.four million extra customers than beforehand reported have been affected by the large information breach the corporate suffered final 12 months, including to an already beautiful toll.
Because of this as many as 147.9 million customers have been affected indirectly by the breach, which quantities to about half the nation.
The affected individuals's compromised info entails partial driver's license information. It doesn’t embrace Social Safety numbers, which was the main focus of earlier analyses of the breach and the rationale this group of customers was not recognized sooner, in line with the credit score reporting firm.
“This isn’t about newly found stolen information,” stated Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., Equifax's interim chief govt. “It's about sifting by way of the beforehand recognized stolen information, analyzing different info in our databases that was not taken by the attackers, and making connections that enabled us to establish extra people.”