Equifax says millions more Americans affected by hack than first thought

Equifax has confirmed more Americans are impacted by the cyberattack that targeted the credit rating giant last year than was first revealed. The company said in a statement that an ongoing analysis showed 2.4 million more Americans had their names and partial drivers’ license information stolen, but they were not previously thought to have been affected. The company said the additional information was “partial,” because in most cases the stolen data didn’t include consumers’ home addresses or other information on their drivers’ licenses. Hackers are said to have targeted social security numbers and names of consumers.

Equifax initially said 143 million consumers were affected by the data breach but later revised that figure to 145.5 million. The total number of Americans affected now stands at about 147.9 million Americans, as well as some Canadian and British nationals. Equifax collects and holds data on more than 800 million consumers worldwide. The hack became the largest single data breach reported in 2017.

Read more about the Equifax announcement that an additional 2.4 million Americans have been identified as victims of the company’s 2017 breach on ZDNet.

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