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Equifax's site hacked to redirect info-seeking visitors to adware

12 October 2017, 10:24 | Lucia Cruz

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The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance temporarily "out of an abundance of caution".

The repeated hacks at Equifax - and company's inability to stop them - has shaken consumer confidence in one of the country's main credit-reporting agencies and led to calls for class-action lawsuits in several states.

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

As of 1:15 p.m. (1715 GMT), the web page in question said: "We're sorry".

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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.

The web page in question now displays an error message that tells visitors "the website is now down for maintenance". "We appreciate your patience during this time and ask that you check back with us soon".

Equifax may have been hacked again, only weeks after a data breach exposed sensitive information of about 143 million people. "You've got to be kidding me", he recalled thinking.

The latest hack comes more than a month after the Atlanta-based company announced a massive data breach that has affected as many as 145.5 million people. 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.



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