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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.
The big thing: This new revelation shows how Americans can still be left in the dark about whether their personal information is secure after a data breach — even months after an incident occurs — potentially leaving them vulnerable to identity theft and its related headaches for years to come.
- The FTC began investigating the breach in September, as did lawmakers and law enforcement.
- All 50 state attorneys general have launched investigations into the breach, according to a November filing with the SEC.
- Trump’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief, Mick Mulvaney, has reportedly taken a step back from its probe into Equifax’s data breach, per Reuters.
The details for those newly affected:
- Equifax found the additional 2.4 million exposures by cross-referencing names and partial driver’s license numbers with internal and external data sources.
- The newly announced 2.4 million will receive the same credit monitoring and identity theft protection Equifax offered those who were alerted in the initial announcement.