Equifax takes down web page after reports of new hack

Equifax takes down web page after reports of new hack

The company says it will provide more information as it becomes available.

"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link", said Equifax spokesman Wyatt Jefferies.

As of 1:15 p.m. (1715 GMT), the web page in question said: "We're sorry". As Ars Technica reports, the issue was brought to light by security analyst Randy Abrams, who discovered that the site's redirects eventually pushed a download that has been flagged for both adware and malware.

A Equifax spokesperson acknowledged the problem, saying, "Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline".

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The web page in question now displays an error message that tells visitors "the website is now down for maintenance".

Equifax shares were down 1.2 percent at $109.18 in early afternoon trading.

Already in the midst of the worst year ever for a credit-reporting agency, Equifax said Thursday that it was the victim of another cyberattack, this time involving a fake Flash downloader that greeted some people on its website. "You've got to be kidding me", he recalled thinking.

Last month, Equifax announced that about 143 million people had seen their Social Security numbers and other sensitive information exposed when someone exploited a website application to access confidential files between May and 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.

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