Experian suffers a data breach impacting 24 million customers

Experian plc is an Irish-domiciled multinational consumer credit reporting company.

Experian collects and aggregates information on over one billion people and businesses including 235 million individual U.S. consumers and more than 25 million U.S. businesses.

On Wednesday, a fraudster contacted the agency posing as a representative of a ‘legitimate client’ and obtained personal details of its South African customers. Experian confirmed that credit-related details or financial data, the bureau’s systems, databases, and digital infrastructure were not compromised.

Experian South Africa identified the suspect and successfully ordered to impound the fraudster’s hardware and delete the ‘misappropriated’ data. The agency believes that the suspect wanted to use the data for creating marketing leads to offer credit or insurance services.

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