Equifax Canada has revised the amount of Canadians caught up in a gigantic data breach earlier this season, saying an investigation has discovered that over 19,000 were affected.
The business previously said about 8,000 Canadian clients had their personal information compromised in the cyber attack, but could not say how many extra credit cards were impacted throughout the nation.
Equifax issued a statement on Tuesday saying 11,670 of the credit cards are Canadian, bringing the total number of Canadians affected by the hack to approximately 19,000.
The business says an investigation has shown that the credit card records include names, addresses, credit or debit card numbers, expiry dates and Social Insurance Numbers.
Hackers also obtained or stole the personal data of 145.5 million U.S. customers and almost 400,000 Britons from the breach, which was found on July 29.
The business says it is notifying all affected customers by email, and is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection solutions to affected Canadians.
Equifax first advised the people of the security breach on Sept. 7, though it said the unauthorized access is believed to have happened from May 13 to July 30.
The company previously said that it believes that hackers obtained Equifax Canada’s systems via a consumer website application meant for use by U.S. consumers.
But a site for Equifax’s Canadian branch now says Canadian systems weren’t affected and are “entirely separated from those affected by the Equifax Inc. cyber security incident reported in the U.S.”
Equifax is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., in addition to at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail