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400000 people in the UK had data ‘potentially’ stolen in last week’s hack, Equifax finally admits – Telegraph.co.uk

Because of the nature of the data, Equifax said it believed “identity takeover is unlikely” for those UK consumers affected but it would be offering “reassurance and protection” to anyone who had had their information accessed.

The firm said it would be writing to fewer than 400,000 UK consumers to offer them a free identity protection service, which would enable them to monitor their personal data, including their credit information.

The service would also “incorporate web and social media monitoring” to alert consumers to any publicly available information about them. The credit scoring firm said it would also provide links to alternative services provided by rival organisations, which consumers might prefer to use instead of Equifax.

Patricio Remon, president of Equifax Ltd, said: “We apologise for this failure to protect UK consumer data.

“Our immediate focus is to support those affected by this incident and to ensure we make all of the necessary improvements and investments to strengthen our security and processes going forward.”

It also emerged on Friday that Equifax’s data security had been strongly criticised by an independent agency in April, a month before the theft of information began.  

The report, by MSCI, a respected compiler of stock market indices, gave Equifax’s “privacy and data security” a score of 0.0.

400000 people in the UK had data ‘potentially’ stolen in last week’s hack, Equifax finally admits – Telegraph.co.uk

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