Things just seem to be getting worse for Equifax. After experiencing a huge data breach, it appears that the company experienced data breach for another 2.4 million people, Reuters reports. It wasn’t bad enough that 14.5 million people were already affected by the data breach, Equifax is now saying that another 2.4 million people are being added to that count.
Equifax elaborated and said that exposed data for the 2.4 million people was limited to just names and partial driver’s license information. The company said that in many cases, home addresses, driver’s license states, issue dates and expiration dates were not included in the data that was stolen.
“This is not about newly discovered stolen data,” Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., Equifax’s Interim CEO, said in a statement. “It’s about sifting through the previously identified stolen data, analyzing other information in our databases that was not taken by the attackers and making connections that enabled us to identify additional individuals.” Equifax added that because the attackers were mostly concentrated on getting social security numbers, that’s what their initial investigation centered around during the starting stages. The 2.4 million people that had their information stolen did not include social security numbers and were therefore not spotted early in their investigation.
If you’re one of those 2.4 million people, Equifax will notify you and give free access to identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.