Big-three consumer credit bureau Equifax says it has removed third-party code from its credit report assistance Web site that prompted visitors to download spyware disguised as an update for Adobe's Flash Player software.
Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid reports of another attack on the credit reporting giant.
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. According to reports, credit monitoring company Equifax has been the victim of another hack just one month after revealing 143 million Americans may have had their personal information stolen.
Several hours after Goodin's piece went live, Equifax disabled the page in question, saying it was doing so out of "an abundance of caution" while it investigated the claims.More news: Sky investors back reappointment of chairman James Murdoch
October 12, 2017: Equifax confirms it was hacked again, this time with a fake Flash installer application.
For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in "limited cases" credit card numbers.
Credit card numbers for about 209,000 USA consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of 182,000 US consumers, were accessed. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax "took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company's IT infrastructure".
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