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US Librarian Wins $600 in Symbolic Lawsuit Against Equifax

If your personal data gets hacked, then why not file a lawsuit? That’s what Jessamyn West, a librarian in the US state of Vermont, did by successfully suing Equifax over its 2017 hack, which exposed the personal data of over 140 million Americans and nearly 700,000 Britons. Read More >>

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Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax is Now in Charge of Investigating Them

Here’s some good news for massive corporations that have violated the public trust by exposing the personal data of millions of American consumers, as if they needed it: the government’s new chief watchdog is one of their own. Andrew Smith, a lawyer who has represented dozens of firms including Facebook and Equifax, will serve as the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection unit. Read More >>

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Equifax Now Says Over 56,000 Driver’s Licences, Passports, and Other IDs Were Stolen, Too

Credit-reporting agency Equifax has revealed new details this week about the personal data of customers exposed in last year’s data breach. Read More >>

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Equifax Board Members Keep Their Jobs Despite Data Breach Blunders

After a calamitous data breach exposing the personal information of more than 145 million U.S. citizens and over 700k UK residents, Equifax shareholders this week voted to re-elect all of the company’s board members following its first annual shareholder meeting since the incident. Read More >>

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Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public

Confidential documents filed with the US Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported. Read More >>

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The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017

A week hardly passed this year without a major data breach to remind us of how precarious the state of security was throughout 2017. And while I’d love to report otherwise, you’d be hard pressed right now to find anyone in the know who thinks things are looking up. Read More >>

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Equifax Seized 138 Scammy Lookalike Domains Instead of Just Changing Its Dumb ‘Security’ Site

Late last month, Equifax secured control over 138 domains mimicking a website that the company launched in September in the wake of its massive data breach. Read More >>

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Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks

Former and current Equifax and Yahoo executives appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the major consumer data breaches that occurred under their watch. An executive at Verizon, which acquired Yahoo this summer, was also called as a witness. Read More >>

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Equifax Investigation Clears Execs Who Dumped Stock Before Hack Announcement

Equifax discovered on July 29th that it had been hacked, losing the Social Security numbers and other personal information of 143 million Americans and affecting around 700k UK customers. Then, just a few days later, several of its executives sold stock worth a total of nearly £1.4 million. When the hack was publicly announced in September, Equifax’s stock promptly tanked, which made the trades look very, very sketchy. Read More >>

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Report: Equifax Warned of Vulnerability Six Months Before Attack, Took No Action

It didn’t seem possible, but Equifax may have screwed up even worse than previously thought. Read More >>

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The UK’s Financial Watchdog is Investigating the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach is a story that probably won't die anytime soon, and it didn't just affect customers in the US. Because the whole situation saw nearly 700,000 UK customers have their personal data exposed, the company is now being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Read More >>

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Equifax’s Website Redirected People to Malware Thanks to a Compromised, Years-Old Plugin

Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people  to hackers, found itself in yet another hole  this week after its website began redirecting users to malware . On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the problems with the site began because Equifax was still using a defunct web analytics plugin called Fireclick which had since been taken over by scammers. Read More >>

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Equifax Takes Webpage That Reportedly Pushed Adware Offline

Equifax has taken down a webpage that offered credit report assistance, a spokesperson told Gizmodo. The move follows a report that the page was directing visitors to install fake Adobe Flash updates containing adware. Read More >>

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US Lawmakers Demand to Know More About Equifax’s Plan to Assist Victims of Humongous Breach

House Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in their joint effort to uncover precisely what Equifax knew prior to revealing its data breach last month. That effort continued on Wednesday as lawmakers sought to learn more about what the embattled credit agency is doing to aid the roughly 145 million victims of this self-imposed calamity. Read More >>

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The Equifax Data Hack Affected Nearly 700,000 UK Customers

You might have heard of the ongoing dram surrounding Equifax, the US-based credit firm that was hit hard by hackers earlier this year. That kickstarted an absolute shitshow of events that impacted millions of people who had their personal data expose. Now it's been revealed that 694,000 of the customers hit are based in the UK. Read More >>