Following the massive data breach Equifax disclosed to the public in early September, news of a second, earlier attack at the credit agency has emerged. Although originally just a rumor from anonymous sources, on September 19, Equifax confirmed the secondary hack, which took place in March, though the firm denied it had anything to do with the larger hack.
As originally reported by the New York Times, the first cyberattack we learned about occurred sometime between the middle of May 2017 and July 29 when the intrusion was discovered. What makes the Equifax attack particularly troublesome is the company’s status as a central clearinghouse for sensitive credit-related information including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other data that can be used in a variety of ways to harm those affected.
Although at this point it appears unlikely that any more personal information of Equifax customers was stolen in the original hack, it raises serious questions about the firm’s response. It’s possible that the law required Equifax to reveal information about it far sooner than the firm did and this development shines an even harsher light on some of the suspicious stock sales made by Equifax executives in August.
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