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Equifax Hack Might Be Worse Than You Think - WSJ
Hackers accessed more records, including tax ID numbers and email addresses, than Equifax previously announced
Hackers in the Equifax Inc. EFX -1.58% breach accessed more of consumers’ personal information than the company disclosed publicly last year.
Equifax said, in a document submitted to the Senate Banking Committee and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that cyberthieves accessed records across numerous tables in its systems that included such data as tax identification numbers, email addresses and driver’s license information beyond the license numbers it originally disclosed.
The disclosure comes some five months after Equifax said it had been breached and personal information belonging to 145.5 million consumers had been compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. The fact that hackers accessed even more data shows both the vast amount of information that Equifax holds and the risks at stake for consumers given the level of personal information that has been compromised.
7 days ago by rgl7194
Equifax hack put more info at risk than consumers knew
Equifax’s disclosure, which it has not made directly to consumers, underscores the depth of detail the company keeps on individuals that it may have put at risk. And it adds to the string of missteps the company has made in recovering from the security debacle.
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8 days ago by jasonsamuels
RT : We’re continuing to move full steam ahead with our multistate investigation of ’s data breach—regardless of…
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13 days ago by tmdblya
The seven most colossal data breaches of 2017 - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
If it seems like the words “leak,” “compromised data,” and “breach” are constantly in the news, it’s not just you. The frequency of major data breaches is increasing. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of breaches is expected to top 1,500 in 2017. That’s a 37 percent annual increase over 2016, which itself was a record year for exposed personal data.
But while most data breaches are small and contained, this year saw a handful of spectacularly bad security fails. Here are the most massive sets of compromised data and data breaches of 2017.
1. Equifax
Let’s start with the Mother of All Breaches.
Equifax, one of the four major credit reporting agencies, revealed in September that cybercriminals had penetrated their network. The breach exposed the data of 143 million Americans—basically, every single adult in the country. Exposed information included names, social security numbers, birthdates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.
It gets worse. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers and documents related to credit reporting disputes for 182,000 people were also exposed.
In response, Equifax offered a suite of identity theft protection services to all Americans, regardless of whether they were impacted or not. The services, which include up to $1 million in ID theft insurance and social security number monitoring, are free for anyone who signs up by January 31, 2018. (Though we doubt the efficacy of these identity theft protection services and don’t recommend people purchase them.)
breach  credit_report  data  equifax  hack  identity_theft  privacy  security 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
123 Million Americans Exposed In New Massive Leak
A new cloud storage misconfiguration has exposed millions of Americans’ personally identifiable information (PII), almost matching the scale of the infamous Equifax incident.
data-breach  equifax  leak 
5 weeks ago by Adventure_Web
RT : thought they had dodged the bullet because it was their vendor- doesn't work that way.…
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