Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Equifax Website Hacked Again, Distributes Fake Adobe Flash Plugin Spreading Malware

Equifax Website Hacked Again, Distributes Fake Adobe Flash Plugin Spreading Malware

Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith retired from the company last month following the disclosure of the initial data breach. What was even more unfathomable is that the attack went undetected for months, and that it took a few more months for Equifax to disclose the magnitude of the breach.

Equifax - the credit-reporting company that exposed the sensitive data of over 140 million people earlier this year - took one of its customer help web pages offline earlier today in response to reports that site was infecting visitors' computers with malware. 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.

On Thursday, Ars Technica reported that security analyst Randy Abrams was prompted to download fraudulent Adobe Flash updates when he visited the Equifax website to contest his credit report.

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"Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline", his statement added.

Now we're learning that Equifax has done it again.

It's unclear how Equifax was breached with this latest blunder - hackers could have actually penetrated the website (again) or the site's advertising network could have been compromised.

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What personal information was stolen in the hack?

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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.

Credit card numbers for about 209,000 US consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of 182,000 USA consumers, were accessed.

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