New Equifax Hack! Company Webpage Was Redirecting to Malware Download

An independent security analyst discovered the hack

By Karl Utermohlen, InvestorPlace Writer

Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) announced that the company was hit with yet another hack.

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It’s been a couple of months since Equifax reported that the company was hit with a hack that exposed the personal data of 145 million users in the U.S. Now, a the company has taken down a customer help website over another potential hack.

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 designed to infect computers with malware, according to Ars Technica.

“We are aware of the situation identified on the website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said in an email. “Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”

Independent analyst Randy Abrams noticed the potential hack as he was trying to check some information in his credit report late yesterday, which led to a fake pop-up ad on Equifax’s website.

He was able to replicate the problem five times and captured video of it, which he then uploaded to YouTube. Multiple federal and state agencies have started investigating the matter since this information was unveiled.

The U.S. Department of Justice is one such organization that has launched a criminal probe into the matter.

EFX stock fell 1.2% Thursday.

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