Monday, 16 October, 2017

Watch out, Equifax may have been hacked again by adware

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Theresa Hayes | 12 October, 2017, 22:21

The breach was first noticed by Randy Abrams, an independent security analyst that had been visiting the site to flag fraudulent activity on his credit report.

Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll says the company is aware of the situation identified on its USA parent company's website related to its "credit report assistance" link.

Here's the last incredible-but-not-really Equifax security blunder: it appears that their Web site has been hacked, and made to redirect to site serving adware masquerading as an Adobe Flash update.

He says that, out of an abundance of caution, that Equifax has taken the affected page off-line, and is looking into the matter.

Independent security analyst Randy Abrams claims that the company's website was compromised for several hours on October 11 and was redirecting customers to a fake Adobe Flash update download.

Equifax's stock plunged at the news of the latest breach, a Wall Street Journal reporter noted on Twitter.

Equifax Inc said on Thursday it has taken one of its customer help website pages offline as its security team looks into reports of another potential cyber breach at the credit reporting company, which recently disclosed a hack that compromised the sensitive information of more than 145 million people.

What personal information was stolen in the hack?

. In many cases, even more personal data was exposed, including driver's license and credit card numbers. Previously, people could access the page under the "Credit Report Assistance" heading.

Equifax's security protocols have been under scrutiny since September 7 when the company disclosed its systems had been breached between mid-May and late July.