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  • Equifax breach: just how much personal data was compromised?

    05/10/2018 6:47:09 AM PDT · by Gennie · 30 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 05/10/18 | Stronghold Cyber Security
    In a filing on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission which was provided to congressional committees, the exact scope of the Equifax data breach was revealed. Just how much personal data was exposed in the Equifax breach of 2017? The sensitive, personally identifiable information of the Equifax breach contained: 146.6 million birthdays 145.5 million Social Security numbers were compromised 99 million addresses 27.3 million gender identifications 20.3 million phone numbers 17.6 million driver’s license numbers 1.8 million email addresses 200,000 credit card numbers and expiration dates
  • Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice - sources

    02/05/2018 9:39:19 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2018 | Patrick Rucker
    Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Equifax Blather

    10/18/2017 7:36:12 AM PDT · by ptsal · 17 replies
    Equifax mass mailer ^ | Oct. 18, 2017 | Paulino Barros Jr.
    **Yes...this is a vanity*** On behalf of all of us here at Equifax, I want to express my sincere apology to you and anyone affected by our recent data breach. I can assure you that our number one priority going forward is taking care of you and giving you better control over access to your Equifax credit report. We realize that you likely enrolled in TrustedID Premier reluctantly, and unfortunately it may not have been an easy process. At first we were not fully prepared for the volume of calls, visits to our website and emails received in response to...
  • Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update

    10/12/2017 11:00:13 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    ars technica ^ | 10/12/2017 | DAN GOODIN
    In May credit reporting service Equifax's website was breached by attackers who eventually made off with Social Security numbers, names, and a dizzying amount of other details for some 145.5 million US consumers. For several hours on Wednesday, and again early Thursday morning, the site was maliciously manipulated again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors' computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers.
  • ‘Dear Equifax: You’re Fired.’ If Only It Were That Easy.

    10/08/2017 6:43:15 AM PDT · by ptsal · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 06, 2017 | Ron Lieber
    The emails have landed in my inbox, one every other day or so since Equifax revealed that cyberthieves had helped themselves to the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of more than 140 million Americans in the company’s files.**snip**I want out of Equifax’s system. That company no longer has permission to make money off my personal data. I want them to delete my file and never start a new one.**snip**So, can you dump Equifax? And if not, shouldn’t you be able to?
  • Grassley: IRS contract with Equifax 'doesn't add up'

    10/05/2017 3:54:50 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The IRS award of a $7.25 million no-bid contract to Equifax after a hack of the data services company that exposed personal information of as many as 145 million Americans “just doesn’t add up,” according to Sen. Chuck Grassley. “Given recent Equifax breach the IRS needs 2make clear &demonstrate that taxpayer information is safe if doing biz w Equifax,” the Iowa Republican said in a post on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Not only was I surprised, but I was sitting with a senator in Judiciary (Committee) today that was told that by another senator and he said, ‘You got to be...
  • Republican slams $7.25M IRS contract with Equifax: 'Abject failure'

    10/04/2017 2:35:47 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | Joseph Lawler
    IRS officials on a scheduled visit to Congress Wednesday bore the brunt of GOP criticism of the agency for Wednesday's revelation that it awarded Equifax a $7.25 million no-bid contract to maintain taxpayers' confidentiality. "This is an abject failure," said Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. "This is beyond abject failure, it's a management failure."
  • IRS awards fraud-prevention contract to Equifax: report

    10/03/2017 1:36:26 PM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    marketwatch ^ | 10/03/2017
    The Internal Revenue Service will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayers' identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, according to a report in Politico. The contract comes as lawmakers lash out at the company over the major security breach that exposed personal information of millions of Americans. Politico said the credit agency will "verify taxpayer identity" and "assist in ongoing identity verifications and validations" at the IRS.
  • Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out

    09/26/2017 6:34:08 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 26, 2017 | Matt Egan
    Equifax CEO Richard Smith is out after the company's embarrassing data breach and botched response. The credit reporting bureau announced Smith's sudden retirement on Tuesday, three weeks after it disclosed the hack, which compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans. Smith, 57, has been CEO for 12 years.
  • Equifax sends breach victims to fake notification site

    09/20/2017 1:48:02 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    The official Equifax Twitter account encouraged people to visit a knock-off website that mocks the company's security practices instead of the site the company created to warn of a massive data breach. That recent breach exposed personal details for as many as 143 million US consumers. In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, an Equifax representative using the name Tim wrote: "Hi! For more information about the product and enrollment, please visit: securityequifax2017.com." The message came in response to a question about free credit monitoring Equifax is offering victims. The site is a knock-off of the official Equifax breach notification site,...
  • How To Freeze Your Credit Report at Each Credit Bureau

    09/18/2017 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 40 replies
    the balance ^ | April 20, 2017 | LaToya Irby
    Having your identity stolen is no stroll along the beach. Getting your name cleared takes a lot of time and effort and sometimes money. *snip* To prevent your identity from being stolen, or to prevent further identity theft after your identity has already been stolen, you might consider freezing your credit report.
  • Equifax breach: What you can do ... and what public pressure may do

    09/18/2017 4:23:10 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 17 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 18, 2017 | Laurent Belsie
    SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS   Hackers broke into the credit-report company Equifax and stole personal data on up to 143 million Americans. Individual actions can help control the damage. And collective action may lead to new safeguards. The Equifax breach, which occurred over 2-1/2 months, compromised personal data, including Social Security numbers. The incursion affects three-quarters of US adults with a credit score. Here’s a concise look at what happened, the variety of steps that consumers can take, and the pressure for new steps to guard credit data. Q: What happened? From mid-May through July, hackers exploited a weakness in the...
  • Two Equifax executives will retire following massive data breach

    09/18/2017 6:31:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2017 | Hamza Shaban
    A week after Equifax disclosed it suffered a massive data breach that may have compromised sensitive information belonging to 143 million people, the credit reporting agency's chief information officer, David Webb, and chief security officer, Susan Mauldin, are retiring, effective immediately, the company said in a statement Friday evening.
  • Your identity, gun rights, voting rights, income tax returns, credit cards an the Equifax breach.

    09/17/2017 8:47:33 AM PDT · by JP1201 · 26 replies
    JP1201
    So I've been following the Equafax debacle like most. Now we've learned that 143 million people's identity have been irreversibly compromised thanks to Equafax's nonexistent security. Now most people are worried about their precious credit cards. But the bigger nightmare is your pedigree info. Name, D.O.B, SSN, addresses, etc... This is the potential nightmare info from your IRS activity, work history and even your ability to buy own and carry a gun and vote! Imagine someone, illegal or not gets your info, memorized it and then gets arrested for a felony. Imagine they even plead guilty in court to it,...
  • Equifax Chief Information Security Officer Was An Affirmative Action Hire

    09/16/2017 8:01:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    thelibertyconservative.com ^ | September 13, 2017 | Alex Witoslawski
    Following a security breach that exposed the credit information of 143 million people to hackers, it was revealed that Equifax Chief Information Security Officer Susan Mauldin was a music major in college. Equifax, which is a credit reporting agency, hired Mauldin as their Chief Information Security Officer in 2013. Previously, Mauldin was the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at First Data Corporation until 2013. Prior to that, she was also SunTrust Banks’ Group Vice President from 2007 to 2009. How she got any of these positions, or the skillset required for them, is still an open question considering...
  • Equifax hired a music major as chief security officer and she has just retired

    09/16/2017 1:16:19 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 64 replies
    marketwatch ^ | Sept 15, 2017 | Brett Arends
    Susan Mauldin, whose identity is being scrubbed from the internet, studied music composition When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security. They might also ask him if anyone at the company has been involved in efforts to cover up Susan Mauldin’s lack of educational qualifications since the data breach became public. And late Friday Equifax said both Mauldin and the company’s chief information officer have retired effective immediately. Susan Mauldin’s LinkedIn page was made private and her...
  • Opinion: Equifax CEO hired a music major as the company’s chief security officer

    09/15/2017 12:49:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 119 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 9-15-17 | Brett Arends
    When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smith to grill him, it can start by asking why he put someone with degrees in music in charge of the company’s data security. And then they might also ask him if anyone at the company has been involved in efforts to cover up Susan Mauldin’s lack of educational qualifications since the data breach became public. It would be fascinating to hear Smith try to explain both of those extraordinary items. If those events don’t put the final nails in his professional coffin, accountability in the U.S. is officially dead. Equifax “Chief Security...
  • Credit Karma says it will offer credit monitoring for Equifax following this month's huge breach

    09/15/2017 12:02:08 PM PDT · by DFG · 23 replies
    techcrunch via yahoo ^ | 09/15/2017 | Matthew Lynley
    Credit Karma said it will add Equifax to its credit monitoring service as part of its free product, which proactively notifies members of significant changes to their credit report. It includes a whole suite of notifications for significant changes in credit queries, such as opening new accounts, a change in the status of an account, new personal information or a hard inquiry or application for credit. You'll probably find most of this in some other credit monitoring services, but Credit Karma is now looking to offer it for free as it looks to create a more simple tool for consumers...
  • Equifax Data Breach: A Lesson And What Happens Now

    09/12/2017 4:47:12 AM PDT · by Gennie · 25 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | September 11, 2017 | Jason McNew
    A lesson from the Equifax data breach – in the cyber security realm, we look at networks as falling into two categories: those that have been breached, and those that are going to get breached. It is clear for all Americans to see now, that the same is true of personal information, too. Either your personal information has been leaked, or it is going to get leaked. Whether its Target, OPM (Office of Personnel Management), or Equifax – neither the government or corporations can protect individual privacy — at least not with the existing American system built upon the stone-aged...
  • How to find out if you're affected by the Equifax hack

    09/11/2017 7:25:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 11, 2017 | Katie Lobosco
    You may have never used Equifax yourself -- or even heard of it -- but the credit reporting agency could still have a treasure trove of your personal information. Equifax said Thursday that 143 million people could be affected by a recent data breach in which cybercriminals stole information including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses. Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 customers involved in credit report disputes. Equifax is one of three nationwide credit-reporting companies that track and rate...