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Equifax identifies flaw hackers exploited in breach

Equifax identifies flaw hackers exploited in breach”

They're not from Equifax. Now, researchers have discovered that the personal information of thousands of Argentinians may be at risk too due to lax Equifax security practices.

Equifax Inc. specified which software vulnerability hackers exploited to steal data on 143 million US consumers, pointing to a flaw that computer security experts had flagged publicly early this year.

A bipartisan group of 36 US senators recently called for an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission into the sale of approximately $2 million in Equifax securities held by company management prior to the news release of a large-scale network cybersecurity breach.

'Equifax has been intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted, ' company officials wrote in a statement yesterday.

If consumers gave out personal information to scammers, change passwords, account numbers and security questions. "We know that criminals exploited a USA website application vulnerability", it added.

Equifax also faces growing pressure from Congress.

Meanwhile, Canadians who are anxious they might be victims of the Equifax Inc. hack say they are being treated as an afterthought in the wake of one of the largest online data breaches in history.

"The Attorney General's office is here to do the fighting for you, and I urge Arkansans who have used Equifax to contact my office", Attorney General Rutledge said. Accounts or activity that you don't recognize could indicate identity theft.

According to Reuters: "The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations".

Equifax says the information accessed in this breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. The agency suggests signing up for credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

The company said that more than 200,000 credit card numbers were illegally obtained, in addition to 'certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 USA consumers'. It is important to note that a consumer does not need to have used Equifax for their data to be exposed to these hackers.

Robert Johnson, lead plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against Equifax Canada filed in Saskatchewan, said he is upset that Canadians have only been told that a limited number have been compromised.

Our Social Security numbers are quite vulnerable.



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