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Equifax -2.8%, investigating another possible data breach

12 October 2017

Equifax, the credit reporting company at the heart of a major hacking scandal, has taken a customer help page offline as it looks into into a report that it has been breached again, CNBC reported. Equifax says it took the page down "out of an abundance of caution" as it investigates.

The company said the problem is in its credit report assistance link on its website.

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. "We are aware of the situation", a spokesman said. The website is now down for maintenance. "We appreciate your patience during this time and ask that you check back with us soon".

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Equifax shares dropped 2.4 percent to $107.83 at 1:08 p.m.in NY, the worst performance in the 68-company S&P 500 Industrials Index.

The breach was disclosed on September 7, but it had actually happened between mid-May and late July. 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 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 US consumers. Abrams told tech reporters at Ars Technica that he discovered the hack while using Equifax to dispute his own credit report.

Equifax -2.8%, investigating another possible data breach