Equifax says it's looking into another possible hack

Pablo Tucker
October 12, 2017

"When it becomes available or we have more information to share, we will".

The news site Ars Technica, citing an independent security analyst, reported visitors to the Equifax site were being tricked into downloading an "adware" program which, when installed, delivers unwanted marketing messages.

He says that, out of an abundance of caution, that Equifax has taken the affected page off-line, and is looking into the matter.


Equifax Canada spokesperson Tom Carroll says the company is aware of the situation identified on its USA parent company's website related to its "credit report assistance" link. Abrams determined that when those updates were clicked, adware would infect a visitor's computer.

Already in the midst of the worst year ever for a credit-reporting agency, Equifax said Thursday that it was the victim of another cyberattack, this time involving a fake Flash downloader that greeted some people on its website.

Abrams said he was attempting to check some information in his credit report late on Wednesday when one of the bogus pop-up ads appeared on Equifax's website.


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.

The breach has prompted investigations by multiple federal and state agencies, including a criminal probe by the United States Department of Justice, and it has led to the departure of the company's chief executive officer, chief information officer and chief security officer.


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