Equifax Data Breach Worsens Yet Again, Additional 2.4 Million Affected

The massive data breach from last year continues to haunt Equifax as more American’s are found to be exposed.

Will this one ever end? You can bet the people at Equifax really hopes so, but they clearly didn’t get their wish. Last year, 145 million American’s were exposed to hackers during a data breach. While what was exposed was bad enough, last month, we reported on the disclosure that says that what was exposed is actually much worse than initially reported. At the time, it was rather shocking that the data breach could get any worse.

Now, it seems that the Equifax seems to just keep on delivering worse and worse news. Reports are surfacing that an additional 2.4 million Americans are actually impacted by the data breach. From the report:

The company said in a statement Thursday that an ongoing analysis showed 2.4 million more Americans had their names and partial drivers’ license information stolen, but they were not previously thought to have been affected.

The company said the additional information was “partial,” because in most cases the stolen data didn’t include consumers’ home addresses or other information on their drivers’ licenses.

Hackers are said to have targeted social security numbers and names of consumers.

Equifax initially said 143 million consumers were affected by the data breach but later revised that figure to 145.5 million.

With the worsening news, one can’t help but think that all they can do is find ways of securing their personal information or just watch to see how deep this rabbit hole goes. Every time you think we’ve reached the end of how bad the breach is, new information surfaces that show that this breach is actually worse than initially reported. We’ll continue to monitor the situation for any new developments.

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