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Update: Equifax data breach affected millions more people

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Sommer Brokaw
The Equifax data breach was discovered in July 2017 and impacted as many as 147.9 million U.S. consumers, according to new estimates. File photo by EPA-EFE/Justin Lane
The Equifax data breach was discovered in July 2017 and impacted as many as 147.9 million U.S. consumers, according to new estimates. File photo by EPA-EFE/Justin Lane

March 1 (UPI) -- Ongoing analyses of Equifax's 2017 data breach show an estimated 2.4 million more U.S. consumers were affected than previously reported, the credit reporting agency said.

Including that additional total disclosed in a release Thursday, 147.9 million people have had personal data breached -- amounting to nearly half of the U.S. population.

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The names and partial driver's licenses of 2.4 million more consumers were stolen in the 2017 cybersecurity incident, Thursday's report showed. Equifax previously found 145.5 million consumers had data breached.

The affected material included names, addresses, Social Security information and dates of birth.

The company's forensics experts found no evidence that its core consumer, employment and income or commercial credit reporting databases were accessed as part of the cyberattack, Equifax said.

"We continue to take broad measures to identify, inform, and protect consumers who may have been affected by this cyberattack," Equifax Interim Chief CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. said in the release. "We are committed to regaining the trust of consumers, improving transparency, and enhancing security across our network."

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