Equifax Hacked Again

"..digital equivalent of a drive-by shooting"

Roger Davis
October 12, 2017 - 3:39 pm

For several hours on Wednesday, and again early Thursday morning, the Equifax website was maliciously manipulated again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors' computers with adware.  In May the 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.

A link on the Equifax site now directs users to an announcement that the page is down for maintenance:  "We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link. Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline," Equifax said in a statement. "When it becomes available or we have more information to share, we will."

One analyst who called this latest attack "the equivalent of a drive-by shooting," said that of software from more than sixty website security providers, only three detected the popup as malware.

Equifax stock shares dropped as much as 3.5% Thursday.




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