Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Thune has questions for Equifax post-hack

Thune has questions for Equifax post-hack

"These survey results reiterate something we already had a feeling was happening, which is that many people don't know what to do in the event that their personal data is stolen", ITRC president and CEO Eva Velasquez said in a statement.

The credit reporting firm said in a statement that hackers accessed a file containing 15.2 million United Kingdom records from between 2011 and 2016. The company, which holds data on around 820 million consumers and 91 million companies, said it faced a "massive" task responding to the hack.

The company said its investigation found that it would need to contact 693,665 British consumers by post to tell them how to protect against any potential risk.

The data includes partial credit card details, phone numbers and drivers' licence numbers.

A separate LendEDU poll of 1,000 US consumers found that just 15.8 percent had not yet heard of the Equifax breach.

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Equifax has done it again. The company initially said that 143 million US consumers had their Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal information accessed, raising that estimate to 145.5 million last week.

"Although our United Kingdom business was not breached, the attack regrettably compromised the personal information of a range of United Kingdom consumers", the company said in an emailed statement.

Nearly 13,000 consumers had an email address associated with their account accessed in 2014, while just under 15,000 consumers had portions of their Equifax membership details - such as username, password, secret questions and answers and partial credit card details - accessed.

Equifax said it would notify the 693,665 affected United Kingdom consumers by post and offer them several of its own and third-party risk-mitigation products for free to help minimize the risk of possible criminal activity.

Hackers breached Equifax's system in May and maintained access to the information for more than a month until the company discovered the suspicious activity at the end of July.

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