Equifax says 693000 United Kingdom residents affected by hack

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Equifax said earlier this month that it had determined some 8,000 Canadian consumers were also impacted by the breach, far fewer than the 100,000 it had previously warned were at risk.

Sky News understands that this estimate was increased after third parties investigating the attack found that another large dataset had been stolen. The hackers also accessed the phone numbers of most of the almost 700,000 citizens, while around 30,000 drivers license numbers were exposed.

Equifax will inform 693,665 customers in the United Kingdom that their data was stolen by hackers in a September cyberattack.

Equifax said customers who receive a letter from the firm can make use of its identity protection service and contact its staff through a seven-day help line.

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However, the firm has now revealed that data belonging to the 15,000 customers, who had their Equifax membership details accessed, did indeed include Equifax passwords, secret questions and answers, and partial credit card details.

Nearly 13,000 consumers had an email address associated with their Equifax.co.uk account accessed in 2014, while just under 15,000 consumers had portions of their Equifax membership details - such as username, password, secret questions and answers and partial credit card details - accessed.

Patricio Remon, Equifax's Europe chief, again apologised to anyone affected by the hacking.

"Let me take this opportunity to emphasise that protecting the data of our consumers and clients is always our top priority".

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Since the announcement of the breach, Equifax has faced multiple class-action lawsuits in the US. Equifax is yet to reveal if the stolen passwords and other data was in plaintext or encrypted.

"Another risk to United Kingdom citizens affected by this data breach is that they could be on the receiving end of more targeted and realistic phishing messages".

United Kingdom customers can phone Equifax for advice on 0800 587 1584.

You should never respond to unsolicited phone calls or emails.

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