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Equifax: It Just Keeps Getting Better, for Hackers

MPG insists upon the corporate death penalty for Equifax. Let that be a lesson to a company profiting from information that is private.

Equifax consumer assistance website infected with malware


The hits just keep on coming for Equifax. After one of the worst data breaches in history the company received further criticism for winning a “no-bid” contract with the IRS to “secure taxpayer data”.

Now it turns out the public information website it set up to help consumers understand the nature of the data breach was itself infected and thus served up malware to those browsing it. The hostile code took form of a fake “Adobe Flash Update” which instead of updating Flash, installed third-party spyware on the subject computer. Keep up the good work Equifax!

MPG: many people are going to lose everything to identify theft, or be imprisoned because an imposter commits a crime. Just try proving “it wasn’t me” with a stolen identify problem. Extremely dangerous stuff here.

Update: security expert Bruce Schneier testified before the the House Energy and Commerce committee on the Equifax hack. Video and written testimony in essence says that the Equifax breach put all exposed at risk of identity theft and was completely Equifax’s fault. Further, there are other data brokers out there with similar information who are also at risk in the future and the current regulatory environment is insufficient to the task. “All at risk” means 145+ million people.

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