REPORT: Equifax Had Earlier Undisclosed Major Breach

Bloomberg reports:

Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March — almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed, according to three people familiar with the situation.

In a statement, the company said the March breach was not related to the hack that exposed the personal and financial data on 143 million U.S. consumers, but one of the people said the breaches involve the same intruders.

Either way, the revelation that the 118-year-old credit-reporting agency suffered two major incidents in the span of a few months adds to a mounting crisis at the company, which is the subject of multiple investigations and announced the retirement of two of its top security executives on Friday.

Equifax hired the security firm Mandiant on both occasions and may have believed it had the initial breach under control, only to have to bring the investigators back when it detected suspicious activity again on July 29, two of the people said.

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    • Todd20036

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      Ok, not that shocked.

    • RaygunsGoZap

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      • Lori

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  • crewman

    None of us asked Equifax to gather data on us and profit off of it. First they announced the massive breech months late. We discover executives used that time to sell off stock. Then they partake in very shady behavior with the “free credit monitoring” service. Now we discover there was another undisclosed breech.

    What else aren’t they telling us?

    I wish executives went to jail for this kind of thing when there’s egregious mishandling, like not disclosing breeches or taking clearly substandard precautions.

    • vorpal 馃樇

      Good old limited liability. These irresponsible ass-hats get to enjoy the fruits of their millionaire salaries while seldom being held responsible for the act of their corporations.

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          You are incorrect. That is not really “snark.” That is the business model for every Fortune 500 company in existence. That’s what deregulation gets us.

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      • The_Wretched

        The founders didn’t like the corp. liability shield and the US didn’t have one for a while.

    • Westcoast88

      They also didn’t tell us that their security company gave them a software patch to prevent hacking, but they didn’t install it. Sorry, no citation, read it on Daily Kos.

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  • JT

    Make them pay for the damages their negligence will result in.

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  • justme

    So America finds out AFTER the execs cash out and leave!!

  • vorpal 馃樇

    LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!
    A perso… ahem… corporation (no difference, apparently) this irresponsible should be locked the hell up, i.e. suspend their ability to do business.

    • UrsusArctos

      I’ll buy corporations as people once Texas executes one.

      • Joseph Miceli

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  • -M-

    That inspires confidence. Yep. Yep. Yep.

  • Todd20036

    You know, my mother and my late father were adamant about shredding any mail they got that had their addresses on them, about shredding any bills after they were paid for, any credit card receipts, etc.

    And all that only to find out that the credit card companies themselves have more leaks than a colander.

    If you want personal information, you don’t sift through garbage, you hack it from the people who are supposed to keep it safe.

    • JWC

      and that, my friend, is what we call corporate trust OH BULLSHIT

    • Tulle Christensen

      shifting through garbage for personal info is so last century

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    I just have no EquiFux left to give. Sorry.

  • JCF
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  • Friday

    Credit agencies have always had way too much power.

  • colo303

    Goodbye Equifax, it was hardly nice knowing ya!

  • colo303

    WTHOLYFFFFFFF….MARCH? Seriously. WTF

  • easygoingmister

    And again I’ll say, liquidate the company & jail the inside traders.

    • The_Wretched

      seriously.

  • lattebud

    The California Attorney General is gonna have a field day. State law requires notification of a data breach immediately

    (b) A person or business that maintains computerized data that includes personal information that the person or business does not own shall notify the owner or licensee of the information of the breach of the security of the data immediately following discovery, if the personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person.
    (c) The notification required by this section may be delayed if a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will impede a criminal investigation. The notification required by this section shall be made promptly after the law enforcement agency determines that it will not compromise the investigation.

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=1798.82

  • Pennywise wants to visit the Equifax top brass and give them all red balloons. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c8e22daff497a3dd064e896f8d9c6a526c87a3d9bf0df7a2b5f3b131e503754.gif

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  • Tulle Christensen

    Why is their stock worth more than a penny now?

  • sfmike64

    “We’re not a company! We’re a criminal conspiracy to steal your identity!”

    They should be fined billions of dollars or shut down and forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy (that’s the one where you don’t reorganize, but simply disappear).

  • The_Wretched

    A second breach?!! Close them down. they are hazard to the country. If there’s 2 that they had to admit there must be 1000 breaches.