Equifax Hack 2017: Which Equifax Site Is Fake?

A fake website fooled even EFX

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

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The saga of the Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) hack continues with more blunders from the company.

This new mistake concerning the Equifax hack has to do with the company’s security website for victims of the hack. This website allows people to fill out forms and obtain information about the data breach. However, there are fake websites mimicking the real thing.

One of these websites was “securityequifax2017.com.” The website was created in about 20 minutes by software engineer Nick Sweeting. He created the website to specifically show how easy it is to copy EFX’s own security website.

Sweeting did his job well. The Equifax hack website was so close to the original that the company’s own Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) account couldn’t tell the difference. It included the website in Tweets three times before realizing the mistake and deleting those Tweets, reports The New York Times.

Sweeting has taken down his fake site for the Equifax hack. He also didn’t do much to try and hide the nature of the site. This included a headline on the website that mentioned it was fake, and forms that couldn’t actually be filled out.

The Equifax hack was revealed by the company earlier this month and up to 143 million people had their private information, such as Social Security Numbers stolen. In response, some people have been freezing their credit or setting up fraud alerts.

For the record, the official security website for the Equifax hack is equifaxsecurity2017.com.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.


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