The UK’s financial regulatory body has announced it is to probe the Equifax data breach believed to have affected hundreds of thousands of Britons
According to Equifax, a cyber breach at the firm between mid-May and July affected around 14.5 million US consumers, 2.5 million more than it said when it first reported the breach in early September.
The breach has been blamed on a failure to patch all Equifax IT systems to prevent hackers from taking advantage of a vulnerability in the Apache Struts web application framework.
The exposed US consumer data reportedly included names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, credit card numbers and other information.
Equifax also initially said around 400,000 consumers in the UK and 100,000 in Canada may also have been affected, but the firm later increased the UK figure to 694,000 and decreased the Canadian estimate to 8,000.
The UK data was restricted to name, date of birth, email address and a telephone number, but did not include any residential address information, password information or financial data, said Equifax.