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Equifax Website Hacked to Serve Malware Because of Course It Was

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Karl Marx once famously remarked that history was known to speak twice, “first as tragedy, the second time as farce.” It’s one of his most famous quotations, and it’s ridiculously applicable to the latest events in the blazing dumpster fire that is Equifax. Earlier today, we reported that Equifax acknowledged losing 11 million US driver’s licenses and leaking data on some 15 million citizens in the UK. Now we’ve hit another “milestone”–a US security researcher ...

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Equifax is dealing with yet another security issue

Consumer watchdog chief wants more scrutiny for Equifax Equifax has taken down a webpage after a visitor reported being targeted with malicious advertising. Security analystRandy Abrams first discovered the malicious pop-up message when he visited the Equifax website to confirm personal data, he told CNN Tech. What he found instead was yet another security issue for the credit agency. A malicious pop-up asked Abrams to download something claiming to be Adobe Flash. But as Ars Technica initially reported, security companies consider the file adware. “We are aware of the situation ...

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The Equifax Hack Included Almost 11 Million Driver’s Licenses

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Equifax hack exposed critical personally identifying information on more than 145 million American adults. That’s not all adults by any means, but it’s well over half the adults in the country. Now we know that social security numbers, credit cards (in some cases), full names, and home addresses aren’t the only thing the hackers made off with. They got nearly 11 million driver’s licenses, too. That’s the latest from the Wall Street Journal, which ...

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Equifax just scored a $7 million contract to protect the IRS from fraud

Legislators grill former Equifax CEO Equifax has landed a $ 7.25 million government contract to help the IRS detect fraud. The deal was finalized last week, according to the federal government website that tracks contracts. The timeline is notable; earlier in September, the credit monitoring firm announced a massive security breach that may have exposed the personal information of as many as 145.5 million people. Equifax(EFX) is now tasked with helping the agency “verify taxpayer identity and to assist in ongoing identity verification and validations needs,” according to contract details ...

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Scandal 101: Equifax repeated Wells Fargo's mistakes

These CEOs were pushed out by scandal 1. Wells Fargo and Equifax on the hot seat: Wells Fargo’s crisis management was a disaster, yet Equifax executives used the same playbook for their cyberattack response. It’s only fitting that both companies will get grilled by Congress this week over their public relations catastrophes. Wells Fargo botched its fake account fiasco so badly that the bank is being hauled back for a congressional hearing almost exactly a year after the first one. Get ready for more fireworks when Senator Elizabeth Warren interrogates ...

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Equifax is investigating executive stock sales

These CEOs were pushed out by scandal Equifax is investigating three executives who sold company shares worth nearly $ 2 million shortly after a massive data breach was discovered, but before the company announced the breach to the public. The investigation was disclosed in a letter Friday to Rep. Frank Pallone, the lead Democrat on a House committee looking into the Equifax data breach. “Equifax takes these matters seriously,” said Equifax said in response to a letter from Pallone that raised questions about the stock sale. “The board of directors ...

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Equifax Plans Free Credit Locking Service

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Credit reporting firm Equifax is just starting to come to terms with the scale of the massive data breach that affected millions of Americans in recent months. Now that CEO and chairman of the board Richard Smith has stepped down, the new interim CEO is offering a mea culpa in The Wall Street Journal. CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. says Equifax screwed up, and to make up for it, the company is working on ...

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Why hacks like Equifax will keep happening

Equifax CEO ‘retires’ after data breach If it feels like 2017 is a banner year for cyberattacks, that’s because it is. And the hits will keep coming. “We’re living in the beginning of an era of mass targeted attacks,” said Nate Fick, CEO of security firm Endgame. “Things are bad and they’re going to get worse.” In just the last month, we’ve learned of a data breachfrom credit agency Equifax affecting 143 million people, an intrusion into the SEC, and a hack at major accounting firm Deloitte. Almost 2 billion ...

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Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out

Freezing your credit after Equifax hack…not so easy Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out after the company’s embarrassing data breach and botched response. The credit reporting bureau announced Smith’s sudden retirement on Tuesday, three weeks after it disclosed the hack, which compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans. Smith, 57, has been CEO for 12 years. Equifax learned of the breach in late July but only disclosed it September 7. Its response left customers bewildered and lawmakers outraged. The company faces an investigation from the Federal ...

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Equifax CEO to face Congressional banking panel on October 4

Freezing your credit after Equifax hack…not so easy Equifax CEO Richard Smithwill face questions from a Congressional oversight committee next month about a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of customers. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs said Thursday they will hold a hearing with Smith on October 4. The session will be open to the public and it will be webcast live. Equifax(EFX) and Smith have faced outrage over the cybersecurity breach in which hackers were able to gain access to personal ...

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