Equifax admits double the number of United Kingdom customers affected by cyber hack

Equifax admits double the number of United Kingdom customers affected by cyber hack

"Let me take this opportunity to emphasise that protecting the data of our consumers and clients is always our top priority", said Patricio Remon, President for Europe at Equifax Ltd (UK). But about 71 million are still unaware of the breach. Equifax analyzed the data, concluding that information on a total of 693,665 United Kingdom consumers was impacted.

Last month, USA credit rating agency Equifax revealed that it had suffered a major data breach that compromised details of millions of customers, including credit card details of over 209,000 citizens.

"The fall out from this breach continues to grow and my consumer protection team is diligently working to make sure MI residents know what to monitor as they move forward", Schuette said. The company initially said that 143 million USA consumers had their Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal information accessed, raising that estimate to 145.5 million last week. Equifax said last month that as many as 100,000 Canadians had been affected by the breach.

There are four separate groups of affected individuals that have been identified so far.

It said the 693,665 British consumers would be notified of the post and offered help to mitigate the effects of the leak. The firm said that hackers stole data from 12,000 customers who had linked email addresses to their Equifax account in 2014. Phone numbers, license numbers and partial credit card details were among those breached, according to the statement.

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Equifax earlier suspected 100,000 Canadian residents were impacted by the breach, but later revised the Canadian victim count to 8,000.

All customers who had their phone numbers accessed will be offered a leading identity monitoring service for free.

Equifax has yet to describe those services, but says they will be outlined in the mailing that affected consumers receive.

Nicky Morgan, chair of the Parliament's Treasury Committee, asked the chief executive of the company's United Kingdom unit in a letter on Wednesday for details about the scale of the breach, how much credit information was compromised and about the firm's plans to compensate individuals. The credit reporting agencies are supposed to protect consumers, banks, and lenders alike from identity theft and fraudulent activity.

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