You have almost certainly heard about the big data breach at Equifax that was announced in September 2017.
Each one of us has better than a 50/50 shot of being one of the 147 million people whose personal information was hacked during that breach. The announcement was somewhat vague about HOW MUCH of the sensitive information was stolen. We knew information that was compromised included some people’s names, addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc. but no one ever said how many people’s social security numbers or credit card numbers were exposed.
Well, here it is. After 8 months since the data breach was announced in September 2017, Equifax compiled and disclosed the breakdown of the numbers of affected people to the Security and Exchange Commission in May 2018.
Here are some of the findings:
Names breached = 147 million
Date of birth = 147 million
Social Security Numbers = 146 million
Addresses = 99 million
Okay, you can stop right there. That is all the information any criminal needs to apply for credit in your name.
What’s the Impact of the Data Breach?
As you will see, there are more categories of data that have significantly impacted fewer Americans.
e.g. credit card numbers = 209,000 and Driver’s License state = 27,000 While 209,000 and 27,000 seem like a lot, they pale in comparison to 100 million or more.
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To read more about the breakdown by Equifax, here is the link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-equifax-data-breach-in-one-chart-2018-09-07
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