Hacked again? Equifax shares drop after possible new cyberbreach

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Ars Technica had reported that an independent researcher spotted a credit report assistance page delivering the infected file, which some analysts thought might be tied to an ad network or analytics provider used by the credit reporting agency. 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.

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 identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link", said Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies.

Earlier this month, Equifax said its outside security consultant had concluded an investigation into the breach, which it first detected in July.

The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.

"Equifax was a portal and probably not directly hacked or compromised", he said. Just last month Equifax announced that hackers broke into its servers and, over a period of three months, stole the private data of 145.5 million customers.

The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. Tech experts believe the credit monitoring firm may have discovered the hack on their own and removed the fake software however, Equifax did not respond to media requests for comment on the incident.

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