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Equifax may have been breached again

13 October 2017, 12:19 | Jan Cross

Equifax compromised yet again as its website directs visitors to install malware

Was Equifax Hacked Again?

Equifax shares dropped as much as 3.5 percent Thursday after it said it has disabled one of its customer help online pages and is investigating another possible cyberbreach.

The confirmation that Equifax allowed compromised software on its website is the latest embarrassment for the company. Equifax said it took the site offline after suspicious activity was detected.

"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link", spokesman Wyatt Jefferies wrote. The hack has led to multiple federal and state investigations and the departure of the company's 12-year chief executive.

For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in "limited cases" credit card numbers. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation. As Ars Technica reports, the issue was brought to light by security analyst Randy Abrams, who discovered that the site's redirects eventually pushed a download that has been flagged for both adware and malware.

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Money expert Clark Howard says rather than waiting on Equifax to get itself together, consumers should be proactive and do what they can to protect themselves from identity fraud.

The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts.

In what could be yet another incident of hacking, Equifax has taken down a web page because of suspicion that it had been manipulated.

- With files from The Associated Press.



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