Synthetic identity theft is the fastest-growing financial crime in the U.S.
Indictments unsealed in June hint at the scope of the problem.
In wake of Equifax breach, government shines light on entire industry
While law enforcement agents were sent to immediately investigate how and why hackers broke into Equifax, other federal agencies, like the Homeland Security Department, were focusing on understanding the threat posed to the larger industry, a senior U.S. official said.
U.S. officials looking at Apache vulnerability as cause for Equifax breach
The official's comments to CyberScoop are the first from a government source regarding the cause behind one of the largest data breaches in history, which was publicly announced last week.