Equifax Breach a Category 4 or 5 Attack

September 11, 2017

In September 2017, we learned that Equifax was breached via a simple web application weakness, and over 143 million consumers’ records were compromised. These records weren’t salacious emails or leaked Game of Thrones episodes; these were the Social Security numbers, home addresses, and the most sensitive financial data of millions of Americans.As U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a founder of the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, stated, this breach was “a category 4 or 5 cyber hack,” representing “a real threat to the economic security of Americans.” The bad (worse) news is that this story is not unique, and this is by no means the final chapter.

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