An independent security analyst reportedly found on Wednesday that the company's website was attacked by hackers who attempted to install fraudulent Adobe Flash updates created to infect computers with malware, according to Ars Technica. 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.
The possibility of another malicious hack at Equifax comes just a week after the company's former chief executive, Richard Smith, was grilled by angry lawmakers over a massive data breach that may have compromised the sensitive information of as many as 145 million people.
At issue is a consumer-facing website used for credit-report assistance.
Having already leaked the personal information of half the people in the entire United States, you might think things have gotten pretty much as bad as they can get for Equifax. Equifax said it took the site offline after suspicious activity was detected.
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In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30.
On Thursday, an Equifax spokesman told the news website Mic.com that the company's website was hacked and that its IT team had taken down the suspect webpage.
On its website, Equifax's Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue. (Much less on web pages specifically designated to help the victims of previous hacks.) Most companies whose primary objective is to collect and secure highly sensitive (and incredibly lucrative) data invest in, you know, basic security measures.