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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You're always told to protect your SSN with your life, but then you can't do any banking without revealing it, you can't get non-emergency medical care, you can't be registered for school, etc etc etc... It's ridiculous. And of course these places are always having their data breached.

...The shit is completely stupid and politicians do absolutely nothing to fix it.

You get it. This is one of those things that annoys the hell out of many tech people, but many ordinary people haven't really considered that the process is fundamentally broken. They view the problem as hackers getting through the defense walls. They think having bigger and stronger walls will keep them out. We know better, but this is how many people think.

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ilovebeer Member since:

Exactly! It drives me nuts whenever I heard this subject being discussed and the `solution` is to just add a bigger/stronger wall like you said. Part of me thinks they don't actually buy into that as a real solution but rather just a typical kick-the-can-down-the-road type of response.

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bryanv Member since:

Because their friends who pay them to 'represent you and me' (har har har!) can't make money off _fixing_ the problem. They make more money by _prolonging_ it.

Also, if you legislated _fixing_ something, then you wouldn't be able to keep legislating around it, and that keeps you from being able to sneak more legislation in as pork on top of it.

The incentives all around for the US legislation system is to:

* prolong all problems, rather than actual deal with root causes.
* Transfer money from taxpayers to private accounts through legislation of non-solutions for both real and imaginary threats.

There really is no incentive or positive reinforcement for an elected official in the US to actually do the moral and ethical thing.

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