Equifax’s stolen data has not been used for quick monetary gains

Seventeen months after the Equifax data breach, many believe the data was stolen by a nation-state and not, as previously believed, criminals planning to sell the data for profit on the dark web, CNBC reports. Sensitive data of 143 million people—including their Social Security numbers, driver’s licence numbers, and credit reporting data—was stolen back in September 2017; since then, it has failed to resurface.

CNBC writes security specialists and data hunters, whose job it is to look for stolen information on the dark web, didn’t manage to find any trace of it. As far as they are concerned, it also hasn’t been used for scams. While at first data might have been too “hot,” specialists suggest it should have resurfaced by now if it was intended for financial gain—the older it is, the less useful it is for thieves.


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