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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Comment by XKCD
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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RE: Comment by XKCD
by Kochise on Fri 8th Sep 2017 08:23 in reply to "Comment by XKCD"
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No, people don't learn. History repeats like a Groundhog Day.

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RE: Comment by XKCD
by Sidux on Fri 8th Sep 2017 19:38 in reply to "Comment by XKCD"
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That's mostly for managers and those with decision power. The ones that usually suffer are the end users.
Most of them hardly understand the idea that their data is stored on someone else's computer or care enough about it.

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RE[2]: Comment by XKCD
by leech on Fri 8th Sep 2017 22:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by XKCD"
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The real problem with this one is that it's completely out of the hands of the 'normals'. Pretty sure not a single damn one of us really is happy with the credit reporting agencies having our information, it's just the way it works. How these places can be for profit though...

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