Equifax website visitors may have unwittingly downloaded 'Adware'
(KUTV) There is more bad news tied to the major credit bureau, Equifax. Ars Technica reports that Equifax's website may have been compromised for several hours on Wednesday.
Crooks were allegedly duping customers to downloading what's called "adware" onto their computer. Adware fills your internet browser with those annoying, and sometimes dangerous, pop-up ads. Getting adware off of your computer can be a real pain, and often requires special software or hiring someone to clean it up for you.
In a statement, Equifax told Get Gephardt it wasn't them who was hacked, it was someone with whom they work.
"Despite early media reports, Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised,” a spokesperson wrote. “The issue involves a third-party vendor that Equifax uses to collect website performance data, and that vendor’s code running on an Equifax website was serving malicious content. Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis."
It was just last week that the former chairman and CEO of Equifax was on Capitol Hill apologizing for the security breach that exposed 143 million people's identities to I.D. thieves.
"I am truly and deeply sorry for what happened,” Richard Smith testified.
Smith lost his job after news of the breach surfaced.