CNN is reporting the Equifax breach, one of the worst cyber attacks in 2017, may be worse than originally thought:
Additional information, including tax IDs and driver’s license details, may have been accessed in a hack that affected 145.5 million customers, according to confidential documents Equifax provided to the Senate Banking Committee seen by CNN.
The Senate Banking Committee has been looking into the Equifax hack to determine exactly what and how the breach occurred. The Equifax CEO testified late last year in front of a committee panel during a major hearing.
I found the following comment from an Equifax spokesman to be incredulous:
Equifax spokesperson Meredith Griffanti told CNNMoney Friday that the original list of vulnerable personal information was never intended to represent the full list of potentiality exposed information.
The new documents now raise questions of how much information hackers may have accessed in Equifax’s cyberattack.
It is imperative to keep an eye on your credit report to ensure nothing shady is happening without your knowledge. A motive for the attack has not yet been established, and the stolen personally identifiable information has yet to be leveraged by the attackers.