Equifax has disclosed that an additional 2.4 million people were impacted by a massive cybersecurity breach last year, bringing the total to about 148 million people.
The credit reporting agency says that the new consumers were identified during forensic examination of the breach. They were previously unidentified, the company says, because their social security numbers were not stolen.
Their names and some of their driver's license information was taken, however. According to the company, "in the vast majority of cases, it did not include consumers' home addresses, or their respective driver's license states, dates of issuance, or expiration dates."
Equifax says it will directly notify these 2.4 million newly identified people, "and will offer identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services at no cost to them."
The company has struggled to rebuild public trust after the revelation of the breach and what is widely perceived as a bungled response.