Equifax Has Been Pointing People to a Knockoff Phishing Site

Courtesy		Attorney General Maura Healey said she is investigating eight companies in an review of opioid sales and marketing practices

Courtesy Attorney General Maura Healey said she is investigating eight companies in an review of opioid sales and marketing practices

If you're hoping to just ride out the Equifax breach and do nothing about it, you might not have a problem next week or next month or even next year, but you still need to check for red flags just in case.

"It is hard to imagine how Equifax could have managed the public disclosure and incident response more tumultuously following the compromise of sensitive information of almost half the populations of the United States and the United Kingdom", he said.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have promised investigations and legislation, and state attorneys general - including Maura Healey of MA - have sued the company.

The credit monitoring agency says the "security incident" was on its corporate networks during tax season in March.

The breach involved TALX, which is Equifax's human resources and payroll service. Grossman said, "We've seen a $6 billion loss in market cap, estimated losses from these breaches in excess of $20 billion".

There's been a lot of scrutiny over how Equifax is handling the breach.

But the decision to create "equifaxsecurity2017" in the first place was monumentally stupid. Unlike the Americans, however, the Britons only had names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers stolen - postal addresses or government ID numbers were not included.

Attorney General Healey is seeking unspecified civil penalties, restitution and damages for the impacted residents. After several hours, I think I have frozen my reports at two or three of the companies who so carelessly handle our most sensitive information. The site - securityequifax2017.com - was specifically created by a software developer to show how easy it would be to spoof the webpage Equifax created to inform consumers about its recent massive security breach, according to the report. Check this list of state guidelines for security freeze details in your state, including groups that can place security freeze requests for free.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, called the breach a "nightmare" and said credit reporting companies should not profit from monitoring or freezing credit arising from the hack. The company says the investigation is still going on.

"It was super easy to just suck their whole site down with wget and throw it on a $5 server", he wrote.

Mauldin is being replaced by Russ Ayers, an information technology executive inside Equifax. Should you apply a credit freeze to your accounts, a fraud alert, or both?

The credit data company also released a detailed, if still muddled, timeline of how it discovered and handled the breach. On August 21, for example, ten times as many Equifax options were bought than in the entire month of July.

Consumers should be vigilant and diligent.

Leaving its digital doors wide open to criminals apparently wasn't enough for the credit reporting agency, as it's now sending hack victims directly into the open arms of unknown internet pranksters.

A new batch of scammers are using the data breach to victimize consumers a second time.

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