Equifax ad­mits breach of data

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Around 400,000 peo­ple in the UK may have had their in­for­ma­tion stolen fol­low­ing a cy­ber se­cu­rity breach at credit mon­i­tor­ing firm Equifax.

The US com­pany said a file con­tain­ing UK con­sumer in­for­ma­tion “may po­ten­tially have been ac­cessed”. It in­cludes names, dates of birth, e-mail ad­dresses and phone num­bers, but not postal ad­dresses, pass­words or fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

Equifax dis­cov­ered the hack in July. To pro­vide re­as­sur­ance, it said it was un­likely peo­ple would be hit by “iden­tity takeover”.

It will con­tact them in writ­ing to of­fer ad­vice and a free iden­tity pro­tec­tion ser­vice mon­i­tor­ing their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and data.

Equifax alerted the public to the cy­ber at­tack on Septem­ber 7. The data of 143mil­lion peo­ple was breached in Amer­ica. Equifax said the in­for­ma­tion of Bri­tish con­sumers may have been ac­cessed be­cause of a process fail­ure in 2016 which saw a “lim­ited amount” of UK data stored on the Amer­i­can sys­tem between 2011 and 2016.

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