Equifax Removes Webpage to Investigate Possible Hacking

Cesar Mills
October 13, 2017

In a follow-up statement shared with KrebsOnSecurity this afternoon, however, Equifax said the problem stemmed from a "third-party vendor that Equifax uses to collect website performance data", and that "the vendor's code running on an Equifax Web site was serving malicious content".

Company spokesman Tom Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada's website or the number of Canadian or American Equifax customers that may have been affected. "Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline".

Equifax had last month revealed that in a hacking incident the personal information of about 145.5 million USA consumers were potentially compromised.

Big-three consumer credit bureau Equifax says it has removed third-party code from its credit report assistance Web site that prompted visitors to download spyware disguised as an update for Adobe's Flash Player software.

The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.

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Equifax has also said a file containing names and birthdates of 15.2 million people in the United Kingdom were accessed.

Earlier this month, Equifax said its outside security consultant had concluded an investigation into the breach, which it first detected in July.

Somehow, the worst credit-card-data breach in US history just got worse.

Anyone impacted by the breach is now at risk of identity theft and fraud - as any piece of this personal information can be used by, or sold to, criminals who can use it to open credit cards, take out loans, make purchases in your name - or even drain your bank accounts.

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