Hack-weary Equifax yanks a web page that was reportedly delivering malware

EnlargeRandy Abrams

EnlargeRandy Abrams

Equifax has taken a customer help page offline after concerns the company might have been breached again, the company reported Thursday.

Equifax - whose multimillionaire CEO made a decision to set sail from the company weeks after the announcement that, under his watch, the information of 143 million Americans was obtained by hackers - was sending visitors of its website to the completely bogus software update.

Independent security analyst Randy Abrams claims that the company's website was compromised for several hours on October 11 and was redirecting customers to a fake Adobe Flash update download.

Here's the last incredible-but-not-really Equifax security blunder: it appears that their Web site has been hacked, and made to redirect to site serving adware masquerading as an Adobe Flash update. Equifax says it took the page down "out of an abundance of caution" as it investigates.

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"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website", an Equifax spokesman said in a statement. "When it becomes available or we have more information to share, we will".

The breach was disclosed on September 7, but it had actually happened between mid-May and late July.

The breach led to the retirement of Equifax chief executive Richard Smith, who has remained as a consultant to the company during the investigation.

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