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Shares of Equifax dive because data breach was reportedly worse than everyone thought

Dividends of Equifax dove Friday after a newspaper said the credit rating society’s data breach last year was worse than reported.

The tired traded down 4.5 percent in afternoon trading but recovered moderately to close down 1.5 percent for the day. They are down 4.8 percent this year.

Equifax released in September that personal information for 145.5 million consumers had been hacked from its computer arrangements over the summer, including names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and directs.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the company has submitted a certify to the Senate Banking Committee saying cyberthieves also accessed tax establishment numbers, email addresses and drivers’ license information.

A statement from an Equifax spokeswoman answered the information it disclosed to the public in September included details affecting the number of the 145.5 million people but was not an exhaustive list. It added that the newspaper’s account “was not new facts.”

“The Senate Banking Committee asked us a question about the extent of schism, and we provided them with a list of all of the elements we were analyzing as role of the forensic investigation,” the Equifax spokeswoman said. “There were some additional facts points affected. They were not the primary data points.”

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