The move came after an independent security analyst on Wednesday found part of Equifax's website was under the control of attackers trying to trick visitors into installing fraudulent Adobe Flash updates that could infect computers with malware, the technology news website Ars Technica reported. Equifax says it took the page down "out of an abundance of caution" as it investigates.
"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link", Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies said in a statement.
Having already leaked the personal information of half the people in the entire United States, you might think things have gotten pretty much as bad as they can get for Equifax. The website is now down for maintenance. The hacked page tended to appear when a user attempted to contest incorrect information on their credit report.
Last month, Equifax announced that about 143 million people had seen their Social Security numbers and other sensitive information exposed when someone exploited a website application to access confidential files between May and July.
Was Equifax Hacked Again?
After the first breach was disclosed in September, several actions were taken.
The breach led to the retirement of Equifax chief executive Richard Smith, who has remained as a consultant to the company during the investigation.
Equifax and the Internal Revenue Service also are facing pressure from lawmakers over a $7.2 million contract that Equifax was awarded, after the breach was made public, for the company to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud.
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John Van Dyke, standing in his pyjamas near the 101 Freeway in Santa Rosa, watched a hillside in flames from the Tubbs fire. Officials expect the death toll to rise and the high winds in the coming days could complicate efforts to contain fires.