It looks like things may get a bit more complicated with the recent Equifax data breach. According to new reports, Equifax suffered an additional major data breach before the original event disclosed earlier this month.
The earlier breach occurred in March 2017, about five months earlier than the recently announced hack. According to a statement from Equifax, the March breach is unrelated to the recent event, but it may involve the same culprits.
The July breach is estimated to affect 143 million Americans. The compromised personal information includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and addresses.
You can find out if the attack affected you and enroll in complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services from Equifax. CNET outlines some further tips to protect your identity if you suspect you were affected by the attack.