Mandiant revealed, the massive data breach in Equifax has affected more 2.5 million U.S. users than original estimation. The cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, hired by Equifax to investigate breach informed the total number reached to 145.5 million.
“I want to apologize again to all impacted consumers,” said Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., an interim CEO of Equifax. “As this important phase of our work is now completed, we continue to take numerous steps to review and enhance our cybersecurity practices.”
The company will collaborate with internal team and outside experts to implement long-term security improvements.
Barros took over the Georgia-headquartered firm after then-CEO Richard Smith stepped down following the massive breach.
Equifax’s then-CEO waited for three weeks to inform the board about data breach. According to the written testimony prepared for Congress, Mr. Smith came to know about the breach on July 31, 2017. But he informed the board on August 22. However, the company announced the enormous data breach to the world on September 7, 2017. The company informed data breach affected nearly 143 million users.
However, Mr. Smith hired outside investigation and legal experts to look into the breach. Moreover, he also contacted federal law enforcement. He will appear in front of four panels in the first week of September. He will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 3, 2017.
The massive data breach fueled many federal and state lawsuits and investigations.