Equifax Update: Breach Exposed More Than Reported

What Happened?

If you thought you had heard the last of Equifax, think again. Recent reports confirm that the company’s 2017 data breach exposed more information than initially reported. 

In September 2017, Equifax confirmed a data breach that affected 145.5 million U.S. consumers. The company initially reported that Social Security numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and addresses were exposed in the breach. 

But a document recently submitted to the U.S Senate Banking Committee tells a different tale. According to the document, additional information like taxpayer identification numbers, email addresses and driver’s license issue dates and states was also compromised. 


What Now?

The company still faces multiple investigations for regulatory violations, as well as numerous lawsuits. But despite the additional information exposed, Equifax says the number of impacted individuals has not changed. Consumers and lawmakers alike are questioning how Equifax has handled the breach thus far and its overall transparency about the information exposed.


What should you do?

Continue to be proactive when it comes to securing your personal information, always remaining aware of the risks posed to your identity. Follow these tips to stay on top of the sensitive information you use, store and share:

  • Take extra precaution when sharing information online. Always look before you click – and if an email or webpage looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Continue following Fighting Identity Crimes for the latest breach and scam news, ID protection news and tips, as well as updates on this story.

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John is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is a Certified Compliance...
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