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Equifax may have been breached again

Equifax may have been breached again

On Thursday, an Equifax spokesman told the news website Mic.com that the company's website was hacked and that its IT team had taken down the suspect webpage.

When users attempted to contest incorrect information on their credit report, the site redirected them to an unfamiliar URL, which prompted the update.

The security analyst, identified as Randy Abrams, accessed Equifax's website to report some false information on his credit report, according to Ars Technica.

Equifax has taken down a customer service web page after reports that it was serving up bogus Adobe Flash installation dialogs laden with malware, Reuters reports.

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A Equifax spokesperson acknowledged the problem, saying, "Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline".

The incident comes just over a month after Equifax disclosed a massive data breach in which hackers stole the personal information of more than 145 million USA consumers. In many cases, even more personal data was exposed, including driver's license and credit card numbers.

The company, which gathers data on consumers for credit inquiries, has blamed a combination of human and technical error for the massive breach - not the largest on record but potentially the most damaging because of the sensitive financial information on consumers it holds in its databases. The latest claims reveal that after one of the largest data breaches ever, Equifax still may not have learned its lesson about providing proper security for its customers. The firm has also been scrutinized over revelations that three senior executives sold stock in the company between the time when the suspicious activity was initially discovered and when the breach was publicly revealed.