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Equifax Failed to Apply Security Patch Available for Months, Leading to Hack


Now, researchers have discovered that the personal information of thousands of Argentinians may be at risk too due to lax Equifax security practices.

However, Equifax Canada's customer service agents have told callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to have had their information compromised in the data breach. Shares of rival Experian Plc, which trade in London, dropped as much as 6.4 percent on Thursday. The agency typically doesn't comment on ongoing investigations, but confirmed the inquiry in light of "intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter", spokesman Peter Kaplan said in an emailed statement. However, Equifax stated that the three executives were not aware of the breach when their stock was sold.

The Federal Trade Commission said on 14 September it has opened an investigation into the massive data breach at Equifax Inc, in a rare public disclosure that sent shares tumbling to their lowest in more than two years.


The Apache software is widely used by companies to help build websites. Since the company is holding off the details of its investigation, security experts believe that the attack possibly happened after the patch was made available since it was then widely distributed and publicized.

The vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via a #cmd= string in a crafted Content-Type HTTP header, and was patched in March 2017. Equifax announced that data of 143 million American consumers may have been compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers and credit card numbers. "The Terms of Use on www.equifax.com do not apply to the TrustedID Premier product being offered to consumers as a result of the cybersecurity incident". "The Equifax breach is an example of where some simple measures like a Web application firewall and patch management could have prevented a breach of unprecedented scale from occurring". In an updated statement on its Equifax Security website, it said that it has been "intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted" and the firm determined that the attackers exploited the website application vulnerability.

Beware of email and telephone scams related to the data breach. We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data, and we are conducting a thorough review of our overall security operations'.

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