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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

Equifax's data breach to impact 2.5 million more US consumers

Tuesday 3 October 2017 | 01:53 PM CET

Equifax has revealed 2.5 million additional US consumers may have been impacted by a cyber-attack that took place at the company in September 2017.

The credit report company announced that about 145.5 million of its US customers might have been affected, up from a previous estimate of 143 million. Furthermore, about 400,000 Britons and 100,000 Canadians may have also had data compromised. Nevertheless, the company lowered the estimate to only 8,000 Canadians after further investigation. Equifax holds data on more than 820 million consumers as well as information on 91 million businesses.

The company’s CEO Richard Smith had testified in Congress about the attack, after he had resigned. Mr Smith apologised ahead of the hearing for the company's failings. He said the attack made him believe consumers should have sole control over when their credit information may be accessed, according to BBC. Furthermore, the testimony from Equifax's former chief executive and chairman also offered a chronology of the incident.

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