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Equifax announces 2.4 million more Americans affected in breach

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Equifax announced Thursday that 2.4 million additional Americans were impacted in the credit reporting agency's 2017 cybersecurity breach. That brings the total number of Americans affected to about 147.9 million in the largest data breach of personal information in history.

The big picture: The newly announced 2.4 million had less vital personal information exposed — their names and partial driver’s license numbers. The original 145.5 million had their Social Security numbers stolen, which can be significantly more damaging in potential identity theft.