It’s the hacking of Equifax, the sequel.
The credit reporting and monitoring bureau said Thursday it has taken one of its customer help website pages down as its security managers looked into a potential malware attack at the company.
“For several hours on Wednesday, and again early Thursday morning, the site was maliciously manipulated again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors’ computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers,” the web site Ars Technica reported Thursday.
Equifax has been in the spotlight for admitting last month that it suffered a “cyber-security incident” that affected tens of millions of American consumers.
Last week, Equifax said that a completed review of the summer cyber-breach determined that about 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted, for a total of 145.5 million people.
The earlier unauthorized access to the company’s data happened from mid-May through July this year, but the company did not alert customers until about six weeks after it was uncovered.
Information stolen primarily included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and even some driver’s license numbers, the company said.
Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) were down $1.32 a share to about $109.17 at about 3:10 Thursday afternoon as the market reacted to the latest mishap.
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