In the summer of 2017, US clients and some UK and Canadian clients of Equifax have been affected by a huge cyberattack that has targeted the American company for many months. Just recently, Equifax Inc. has found additional 2.4 million victims, increasing the victims’ toll to approximately 148 million.
The cyberattackers stole personal and financial data
The American Equifax company is specialized in the protection and analysis of personal and financial data of clients requesting credit from a bank or credit institution. Thus, the cyber attack leaked all the personal data plus the financial data of Equifax’s clients.
“The offenders have exploited a computer breach of an American website to access certain files between mid-May and July,” stated Equifax’s spokesmen in the press conference held in 2017 after the cyber attack.
Data such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases driving licenses serials and credit cards numbers were accessed during the incident, which was discovered only on July 29th, 2017.
Such information could help hacker to identity theft.
Additional 2.4 million clients have just been found by Equifax to be affected by the cyber attack
According to Reuters, Equifax company admitted that additional 2.4 million company’s clients have been targeted by the personal and financial data theft of 2017. However, the cyberattackers only managed to steal the SSNs of these 2.4 million clients but not issuance dates of their IDs or any other information.
Equifax will now try to contact the additional 2.4 million affected clients in order to offer them the same protection against the identity theft that occurred in 2017 as they’ve provided to the initial victims of the attack.
The initial Equifax cyberattack’s victims toll was 145.5 million clients but, since Equifax has found additional 2.4 million victims, the total number of the cyber attack raised up to approximately 148 million victims.