Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Equifax now says some passports were stolen in breach

Equifax now says some passports were stolen in breach

The credit monitoring company said 3,200 passport images were stolen a year ago, according to a letter sent last week by lawyers representing Equifax to the Senate Banking Committee.

Equifax also reiterated in its statement that its forensics experts found no evidence that the company's U.S. and global core consumer, employment and income, or commercial credit reporting databases were accessed as part of the cyberattack. Although the report does not identify new or additional victims, it marks the first time Equifax has provided such granular detail about the scope of the compromised data.

"We know that out of the 146 million people nationwide, including about 1.1 million in Kansas, who had information exposed, nearly all of them, more than 145 million out of 146, had their Social Security numbers exposed, obviously their names, and about 100 million, just under 100 million had their home addresses exposed".

The images were found in what's known as the company's dispute portal, which was a website individuals used to dispute errors in their credit report.

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In addition to those data, the attackers also accessed images uploaded to Equifax's online dispute portal by approximately 182,000 USA consumers.

The first signs that other pieces of personally-identifiable information were stolen by the attackers came as part of an investigation done by Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

"Driver's license numbers, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers with expiration dates, tax id numbers, that sort of thing", said Schmidt.

During Warren's investigation, Equifax did not acknowledge that passport information specifically had been stolen but did acknowledge that additional PII had been potentially compromised. The company has said the number includes about 1.1 million Americans.

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