Millions more affected by Equifax hack
However, less Canadians impacted than first reported.
Equifax has revealed that an additional 2.5 million consumers’ personal information was breached during the previously announced global cybersecurity hack.
Early last month, Equifax, one of the United States’ largest credit reporting agencies, announced criminals had gained unauthorized access to the personal information files of 143 million customers.
This week, cybersecurity firm Mandiant completed its forensic investigation of the incident, advising appointed interim chief executive Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. that a total 145.5 million people had now been impacted.
Mandiant did not identify any evidence of additional or new attacker activity or any access to new data. As part of its review, the company said there was also no evidence that databases outside of the US had been attacked.
Equifax had also earlier suggested that up to 100,000 Canadian customers may have been affected by the breach. However, upon review the total number of Canadians affected is actually closer to 8,000 citizens.
A forensic investigation into United Kingdom customers affected has been completed and this information will be analyzed before being released to the public.
Equifax revealed it will mail written notifications to all US and Canadian customers impacted by the breach.
Shortly after reporting the breach to consumers, the company created a new supplementary web portal, equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help those affected identify whether their personal information was impacted.
Last month, the credit agency reportedly shared links to a fake phishing website posing as this security page.
Equifax also began offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services for those affected.
You can obtain a free copy of your credit report by sending an online request or calling toll-free 1-877-322-8228.
If you believe you’re the victim of identity theft, it’s important you contact the proper authorities, including local law enforcement, and consider liaising with your state attorney general or the Federal Trade Commission.