Equifax confirms data breach included driver's licenses and passports2018-05-08 15:48 by Daniela
Credit reporting agency Equifax recently sent more details to Congress about its massive data breach last year, which impacted over 145 million Americans.
In particular, Equifax confirmed to congressional lawmakers that approximately 145.5 million U.S. consumers had their Social Security numbers stolen by hackers, while over 200,000 had their credit card data stolen.
Equifax had already reported that the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of 143 million US consumers had been exposed, along with driver's license numbers "in some instances," in addition to the credit card numbers of 209,000 individuals. The company's management had also reported "certain dispute documents" submitted by about 182,000 consumers contesting credit reports had been exposed as well, in addition to some information about British and Canadian consumers.
Equifax provided the statement in response to multiple congressional committees investigating the breach, which mostly affected the US. Provided this represents the final tally, it'll help officials understand the scale of what happened and shape their response.
Equifax says in the filing that it notified customers affected by this breach individually and wasn't required to do a broad disclosure upon delivery.
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