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Equifax Hackers Also Get 10 million drivers licenses

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10.9 million US driver's licenses were stolen in the massive breach that Equifax suffered in mid-May, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. In addition, WSJ has revealed that the attackers got a hold of 15.2 million UK customers' records, though only 693,665 among them had enough info in the system for the breach to be a real threat to their privacy. Affected customers provided most of the driver's licenses on file to verify their identities when they disputed their credit-report information through an Equifax web page. That page was one of the entry points the attackers used to gain entry into the credit reporting agency's system.

While leaked SSNs and bank details are definitely worse, driver's licenses contain some info that could make it easier to steal someone's identity, including people's height and eye color. A bad player could use the name, address and physical characteristics in those stolen licenses as a verfication for someone else's identity or to carry out scams in someone else's name. If you verified your identity using your license through Equifax's website in the past and want to ensure your security, it's probably best to get a new license number.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/11/equifax-breach-10-million-us-driving-licenses/

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that last month's breach compromised the driver's license data of around 10.9 million Americans. 

The breach, which was announced Sept. 7, gave anonymous hackers access to personal information, including the social security numbers, of 145.5 million Americans. At the time, the credit reporting agency noted that some driver's licenses were accessed, but did not disclose how many. 

Equifax customers provided driver's license information to verify their identities in credit-report disputes. The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the dispute portal to access the driver's license information, which can include personal details such as its owner's full name, date of birth, home address.

And it gets worse. According to WSJ, Equifax CEO Richard Smith stated in congressional hearings that a company employee knew of the vulnerability prior to the breach, but failed to notify others. The hackers had access to Equifax's systems for more than four months before the company caught wind. 

http://mashable.com/2017/10/11/equifax-hackers-got-drivers-licenses/#hBhAkoCfcmqC

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