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

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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 8th Sep 2017 00:24 UTC
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"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."

Of course not. Hackers tend to sit on that kind of data for years because there's no rush. People can't change their social security numbers, drivers license number, birthday, etc., and anything you can change is easily obtainable with the information you can't.

What I'd like to know is what Equifax is going to do to clean up the mess once people start having their lives ruined. I've seen/read reports of erroneous credit files that took the victims 10-15 years or *more* to clear up, all while suffering the consequences in that time.

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