It’s only been a matter of months since we found out about the massive Equifax data breach that exposed over 145 million Americans’ critical information. Unfortunately, those of us who were impacted by the breach will be dealing with it for the rest of our lives.
That’s because our Social Security numbers were stolen, and as you know, we can never replace them.
Well, brace yourself, it turns out that the original Equifax breach was worse than we thought.
Equifax breach is worse than originally reported
The Equifax data breach that was reported in July 2017 is one of the worst of all time. Critical information that was originally reported stolen from over 145 million Americans includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth and home addresses. Equifax said at the time that a handful of consumers also had their driver’s license and credit card numbers exposed.
Imagine the chaos a criminal could cause with that information. Scary!
Unfortunately, it’s even worse than first reported.
Equifax recently submitted a document to the Senate Banking Committee, fully detailing the breach. The document claims cybercriminals accessed even more critical data.
Tax identification numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, credit card expiration dates and issuing states for driver’s licenses were also exposed in the breach.
When Equifax disclosed details about the breach last year, it only gave information that impacted the largest number of consumers. The list of extra exposed data that was just submitted supposedly only impacted a handful of people. The consumer credit reporting agency claims that it wasn’t trying to mislead people.