Equifax had patch 2 months before hack

Equifax screen Data may have been compromised

They were on duty when hackers revealed the personal data of 143 million Americans, including dates of birth dates, social security numbers, and the widespread information about the untrustworthy traffic two months ago.

On July 29, Equifax noticed that it had been breached, but the information was not disclosed until last week.

The company also confirmed that Mandiant, the threat intelligence arm of the cyber firm FireEye, has been helping investigate the breach.

Rohrwasser has led the company's global IT operations, and Ayres was a vice president in the IT organization.

In the days after the breach was announced, Equifax waived fees for 30 days to allow customers to implement freezes on their accounts. On Friday, the company provided the detailed information about the time period when it had been hacked on its online dispute portal. The next day, suspicious activity was detected again and the company took the affected web application offline.

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The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation's three key credit bureaus that track individuals' credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a USA website application called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638.

In the US, Equifax has hired public relations companies DJE Holdings and McGinn and Company to manage its response to the hack, PR Week reported.

The company said that, in addition to the changes of CSO and CIO, it continues to explore ways to improve its security.

The credit data company said Friday that Susan Mauldin, who had been the top security officer, and David Webb, the chief technology officer, are retiring from Equifax immediately.

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