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FTC warns of Equifax phone scam after data breach

15 September 2017, 12:38 | Maryann Sutton

FTC warns of Equifax phone scam after data breach

Here's What to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

Recently, Equifax disclosed the exposed data of around 143 million Americans during a cyberattack. The vulnerability was Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. "The Equifax breach is an example of where some simple measures like a Web application firewall and patch management could have prevented a breach of unprecedented scale from occurring".

The vulnerability was a critical weakness for many large websites that were built using the software. The two-month gap between when the patch was issued and when the attackers breached Equifax's network was a particularly unsafe time, as hackers began immediately exploiting the flaw on websites that didn't apply the fix, according to technology website Ars Technica. We continue to work with law enforcement as part of our criminal investigation, and have shared indicators of compromise with law enforcement'. An emailed statement from the credit-monitoring agency said the executives "had no knowledge" of the breach beforehand. The stock has dropped 34 percent since the company announced last week that hackers accessed sensitive data including Social Security numbers.

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 United States consumers'.

Rafael Nadal soars into US Open final, will face Kevin Anderson
This time, he takes on those two greats of the game in reverse order: del Potro beat Federer in the quarterfinals Wednesday. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error.

Equifax CEO Richard Smith has agreed to testify on October 3 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel, the company said Thursday. "So data security and how we go about ensuring that is something we spend a lot of time and effort on". Be sure to periodically review the credit report, and always review it again before making an application for credit on a big purchase.Rutledge reminds Arkansans that the Attorney General's office has routinely referred individuals to one of three national credit bureaus, including Equifax, when they have fallen victim to identity theft. The sales came before the breach was announced to the public.

Warner said in a letter to the FTC that Equifax's lapses in security and methods of handling customers' inquiries "may potentially represent a systemic failure by firms now incentivized to collect and store highly sensitive identification and financial data for Americans".

The portal, which let Equifax employees in the Latin American country manage customer credit report disputes, was "protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: 'admin/admin, '" Krebs wrote.



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