You have probably heard the story about how the Equitable Group was hacked in November 2016, but the details of how it happened are still secret.
We’ll be bringing you the latest on the breach that impacted a whole lot of people’s personal information over the next few days.
As we’ve reported before, a breach of Equifax data in 2016 allowed the hacker to obtain sensitive data from more than 150 million people, including Social Security numbers, date of birth, and home addresses.
The information in the data breach is likely to have been used in the creation of fake identity documents for people in certain states, as well as in the recruitment of new identity thieves, according to data obtained by the Intercept.
The breach, which affected nearly all people with Social Security and other government-issued data, included information about their names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and social security numbers.
That information was also used to create bogus online profiles for people looking to use fake IDs.
It wasn’t the first time that the EquivivGroup, a firm that manages data for the US government, had been hacked, and it wasn’t even the first breach of data that Equifax disclosed.
But in that case, the breach was revealed in a very short time and was immediately shut down.
Now that the breach has been revealed, a lot of attention has been focused on how the data was used.
The Intercept has obtained documents that reveal that the company had at least one employee who used their personal information to create a fake online identity for people from states including California, New York, Maryland, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, Florida and Washington, DC.
The documents also show that the identity of at least three other employees used their identity to create fake identities for people, and that one of those employees also used their own information to make bogus online profile for people who had previously gone to Equifax’s support site.
The company is currently under investigation by the US Department of Homeland Security for the breach, and a spokesperson told Axios that the investigation is ongoing.
Equifax is also under investigation for failing to notify customers that it had received a breach notification on November 5, 2016, which may have prevented them from being impacted.
If the company is found to have breached the Equitas breach, it could face fines of up to $300,000 and/or jail time of up from five years to 10 years.
If it is found that the security breach occurred because of a breach at a different company, Equifax could also face fines up to 50,000.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are also investigating the breach and the company for possible violations of federal consumer protection laws.
EquivGroup is currently seeking restitution and damages from Equifax for the data breaches.