Equifax Breach Jeopardizes Personal Data of More Than 10 Million Americans

Driver’s license data for more than 10 million Americans were compromised during the hack on Equifax’s system, The Wall Street Journal writes. Hackers managed to access vital personal information, including Social Security numbers, of potentially 145.5 million Americans. However, not all those people would have had license information in Equifax’s system, The Journal adds.

On Tuesday, Equifax announced that a file containing 15.2 million UK consumer records was attacked during the company’s hack. The breach, which occurred on September 7, also affected consumers in Canada. At the time , Equifax said that there were possibilities that U.S. driver’s license numbers were also accessed, but didn’t publicly say how many.

Recently Equifax has told customers, mainly financial institutions, that the driver’s license information for 10.9 million consumers was accessed, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, the disclosure of driver’s license information could give hackers even more information to use to try committing fraud. Although information varies by state, licenses typically include a person’s name, date of birth, home address and personal details such as height and eye color.

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