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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Equifax was hacked surfaced and 143 million Americans have potentially had their personal information stolen. What many have been wondering is what exactly do the hackers plan to do with all that stolen data. A report making the rounds claims that the hackers want a massive ransom from Equifax to return the data. Hackers made the ransom demand on an unnamed Darkweb site stating that they would delete the data if they receive a ransom payment of 600 BTC, which would be worth about $2.6 million at current valuation. The value of Bitcoin is at one of its highest points ever right now, having jumped past $4,000 for the first time in mid-August... Read more...
There continues to be mass fallout from the enormous “cybersecurity incident” that struck  Equifax back in mid-May (but wasn't discovered until late July). Equifax waited until yesterday to inform the world that the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans had been exposed due to a website breach. While there have been larger hacks that have taken place in recent years, none contained such critical information like names, birthdates and social security numbers; which could be a virtual goldmine for those looking to sell this information on the black market. In some instances, even drivers license numbers and credit card numbers were obtained. Equifax has some provisions in... Read more...
This could be the mother of all cyberattacks; Equifax just announced that it experienced a "cybersecurity incident" that occurred between mid-May of this year through late July. During that time, malicious parties were able to gain access to some of its online databases courtesy of a website vulnerability. As a result, over 143 million -- yes, MILLION -- U.S. consumers are affected by the data breach. We're not just talking about names and birth dates (yes, those were included), but also Social Security numbers. In some cases, even driver license numbers were obtained by the hackers. And that's not all; dispute documents with "personal identifying information" of 182,000 customers was accessed... Read more...