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Equifax says additional 2.4 million consumers' data was compromised

Staff Writer | March 2, 2018
As a result of ongoing analysis of data stolen in last year's cybersecurity incident, Equifax announced that the company has confirmed the identities of U.S. consumers whose partial driver's license information was taken.
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Equifax was able to identify these consumers by referencing other information in proprietary company records that the attackers did not steal, and by engaging the resources of an external data provider.

Through these additional efforts, Equifax was able to identify approximately 2.4 million U.S. consumers whose names and partial driver's license information were stolen, but who were not in the previously identified affected population discussed in the company's prior disclosures about the incident.

This information was partial because, in the vast majority of cases, it did not include consumers' home addresses, or their respective driver's license states, dates of issuance, or expiration dates.

Equifax will notify these newly identified U.S. consumers directly, and will offer identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services at no cost to them. Information about registering for these services will be included in the notification.

As the company committed to do, Equifax launched Lock & Alert to all U.S. consumers on January 31. This new service, which is free for life, enables consumers to quickly lock and unlock their Equifax credit report using a computer or app downloaded on their mobile device.