Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Sep 2017 23:45 UTC

Equifax Inc. today announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax's core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.

Names, social security numbers, birthdays, addresses, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers - this is a very big breach.

Interestingly enough, three executives of the credit reporting agency sold their shares in the company days after the breach was discovered.

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by XKCD on Fri 8th Sep 2017 07:25 UTC
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Good. World needs to learn that IT security matters. The bigger and worse the incident, the better. That's the only way people learn these days: through catastrophic incidents. Sadly, I am sure even this incident is not bad enough and big enough for people to learn... But it's something.

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