Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Well, It Looks Like Equifax Has Been Hacked Again

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Cecilia Poole | 14 October, 2017, 00:31

"We're sorry." the page's error message began. "We appreciate your patience during this time and ask that you check back with us soon", the page informs users - without any mention of the fact that earlier visitors to the page may have been tricked into installing adware.

Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its USA parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax's credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.

The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance temporarily "out of an abundance of caution".

The breach was first noticed by Randy Abrams, an independent security analyst that had been visiting the site to flag fraudulent activity on his credit report. Ars Technica said Abrams, vetting his initial suspicions, told the news site "he encountered the bogus Flash download links on at least three subsequent visits".

Abrams shared his findings with Ars Technica and demonstrated them in a video.

The company has already admitted to a hack that impacted 145.5 million people in a scandal that resulted in a congressional investigation and the Equifax CEO Richard Smith announcing his retirement. However, since the breach was reported earlier this year, Equifax has proven again and again that it isn't even capable of that.

Since news of Equifax's massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the USA, as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.

Facing increasing criticism from consumers, regulators, and lawmakers over its handling of the earlier breach, the company says that it will provide more information as it becomes available. "And the efforts to help consumers had a series of missteps". "Finally, it prohibits the largest credit reporting agencies from continuing to rely upon the most sensitive of Americans' personal information: our Social Security numbers".

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