The Equifax breach that was revealed last month exposed driver license data for around 10.9 million people, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Equifax had said that driver license information had been taken in some cases as part of the breach, which compromised personal information for 145.5 million people, but the exact number was not disclosed.
The disclosure of driver’s license information could give hackers even more information to use to try committing fraud. Although information varies by state, licenses typically include a person’s name, date of birth, home address and personal details such as height and eye colour.
People who had given driver’s license information to Equifax were in many cases doing so as a way of verifying their identity with the company. This in some cases happened when consumers were using a webpage meant to resolve disputes about credit-report information.
So far Equifax executives have gotten off easy. In this era of money-driven politics, laws are made, and regulations enforced, by people and organizations that tend to play to the tune of the wealthiest campaign donors.
For proof, look no further than the fact that Equifax received a $7 million government contract with the Internal Revenue Service immediately after its massive breach.
Nothing is going to change until the public lets its elected representatives know that this state of affairs is neither normal nor acceptable.