Equifax hack affects more UK consumers than first thought

Equifax hack affects more UK consumers than first thought

American credit monitoring firm Equifax has admitted that almost 700,000 UK consumers might have been affected by a recent cyber-attack. 

This is almost double the number the firm originally thought.  

Cyber-criminals breached Equifax's systems in the US between mid-May and July, stealing the information of millions of customers.  

The firm, which holds data of around 44 million UK-based consumers, said the details of some British people had been stored across the Atlantic because of a “process failure”.

Equifax first discovered the hack in July, but only started informing costumers last month that their data - including phone numbers and partial credit card details - had been accessed. 

Current investigations by Equifax found that a file containing 15.2m British records - dated between 2011 and 2016 - was hacked, putting 693,665 UK consumers at risk.   

Almost 13,000 consumers had an email address associated with their Equifax.co.uk account compromised, while just under 15,000 consumers had portions of their Equifax membership details – including passwords – accessed. 

The investigation also found hackers had access to driving licence numbers of 30,000 UK consumers, as well as the phone numbers of a further 637,430 consumers. 

Equifax is in the process of contacting all those affected in the United Kingdom by post. 

Patricio Remon, Equifax’s Europe chief, said: “It has been regrettable that we have not been able to contact consumers who may have been impacted until now, but it would not have been appropriate for us to do so until the full facts of this complex attack were known, and the full forensics investigation was completed.”

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