Embattled credit bureau says it was hacked again

Embattled credit bureau says it was hacked again

"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link", Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said in a statement. Equifax says it took the page down "out of an abundance of caution" as it investigates.

The September breach has led to class-action lawsuits and congressional investigations, while criticisms abound that Equifax executives sold off their stock within four days of discovering the break, and the security check offered by Equifax after the breach was fishing for more personal information as well as suffering technical breakdowns.

The consumer credit reporting company said its security teams are looking into another possible breach barely one month after it disclosed a hack that left exposed the personal information of 145.5 million people. According to Ars Technica, the now-deactivated section of Equifax's website redirected Abrams to the domain hxxp//:centerbluray.info, which tried to dupe him into downloading a fake, malware-ridden Flash update.

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Once clicked, the phony Flash reportedly downloads adware onto the user's computer that fills their internet browser with ads. Previously, people could access the page under the "Credit Report Assistance" heading. The latest claims reveal that after one of the largest data breaches ever, Equifax still may not have learned its lesson about providing proper security for its customers.

Equifax and the Internal Revenue Service also are facing pressure from lawmakers over a $7.2 million contract that Equifax was awarded, after the breach was made public, for the company to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud.

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