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Equifax breach worse than thought, consumers affected now total 147.9M

 

Equifax breach worse than thought, consumers affected now total 147.9M

Equifax has once again bumped up the estimated number of U.S. consumers affected by its massive breach – now saying that data on 147.9 million was somehow exposed.

The company’s interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. said the revelation “is not about newly discovered stolen data” but rather is “about sifting through the previously identified stolen data, analyzing other information in our databases that was not taken by the attackers, and making connections that enabled us to identify additional individuals.”

Barros said the company was taking “broad measures to identify, inform, and protect consumers” impacted by the attack and was “committed to regaining the trust of consumers, improving transparency, and enhancing security” across the Equifax network.

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