Equifax data breach may affect nearly half the US population. Three Equifax execs sold $1.8 million of stock days after breach discovery. But before it was made public.
Equifax Inc. is a consumer credit reporting agency in the United States, considered one of the three largest American credit agencies along with Experian and the TransUnion.
In the ransom demand the hackers said:
“We are two people trying to solve our lives and those of our families. We did not expect to get as much information as we did, nor do we want to affect any citizen. But we need to monetize the information as soon as possible.”
# What information was accessed?
The hackers accessed personal information such as names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, credit card numbers and the numbers of some driver’s licenses.
# When did this happen?
Equifax said the breach happened between mid-May and July. It discovered the hack on July 29. It informed the public on September 7.
# How did this happen?
Equifax said criminals “exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files.” A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
# Who was behind the breach?
The company hasn’t clarified but noted an investigation is ongoing.
An email from the Russian Equifax Hackers
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Consumers can determine if their data was exposed by checking with Equifax at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
“This is clearly a disappointing event and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,” Equifax CEO Rick Smith
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