Last year’s Equifax data breach may have been even worse than we thought – revealing tax and driver license information that would make it even easier to commit fraud using the hacked data.
This news comes just days after reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is not pursuing the investigation into last year’s huge Equifax data breach.
The previous CFPB chief had ordered a full investigation into what happened at Equifax, but the new head, Mick Mulvaney, hasn’t taken any of the routine steps to pursue a full-blown investigation such as ordering subpoenas or seeking sworn testimony from Equifax executives.
This Equifax breach sparked public outrage after it was revealed that hackers obtained the personal details of 143 million Americans, plus countless more in other countries who use Equifax, such as the UK. In response, the CFPB and Federal Trade Commission, among others, have launched investigations about the matter.
The proper handling of data is core to Mozilla’s principles, and we’re very concerned that Equifax is being let off the hook for a breach of this size by the very government department set up to protect consumers and stop it happening again.
Can you join our call to Mick Mulvaney, head of the CFPB: launch a full-scale probe into the Equifax data breach?