Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them

Here’s some good news for massive corporations that have violated the public trust by exposing the personal data of millions of American consumers, as if they needed it: the government’s new chief watchdog is one of their own. Andrew Smith, a lawyer who has represented dozens of firms including Facebook and Equifax,…

Equifax Operates Another Credit Bureau, and You Can't Freeze Your Report Online

Remember all that trouble you went through to freeze your credit report after the massive and unforgivable Equifax hack? Turns out it was all for nothing, as security writer Brian Krebs reported Wednesday that the same company responsible for compromising the security of nearly two-thirds of the adult population of…

House Democrats Join Everyone Else in Letting Equifax Off Easy for Catastrophic Hack

After Equifax’s negligence allowed hackers to steal the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, the company promised to give everyone free credit monitoring for a year. But House Democrats have formally requested that Equifax extend the monitoring from one year to three years. Even that, however, feels pretty…

In Laughably Vague Statement, Consumer Watchdog Insists It's 'Looking Into' Equifax Hack [Updated: CFPB Keeps Sending Us Emails Filled With Bullshit Platitudes and It's Really Just Embarrassing Now]

This morning, a spokesperson from the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) emailed Gizmodo a Very Serious Statement™. They wanted us to include this Very Serious Statement™ in our blog post about the CFPB not giving a shit about the Equifax hack. And it’s so hilariously vague that it only supports the…

President Trump's Head of Consumer Protection Doesn't Give a Shit About Investigating the Equifax Breach

In any normal society, the top executives at Equifax would be hauled in front of Congress, many would be thrown in prison, the company would be shut down, and all of the company’s assets would be seized. But we don’t live in a normal society—a fact that has become even more clear today.

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Equifax Investigation Clears Execs Who Dumped Stock Before Hack Announcement

Equifax discovered on July 29th that it had been hacked, losing the Social Security numbers and other personal information of 143 million Americans—and then just a few days later, several of its executives sold stock worth a total of nearly $1.8 million. When the hack was publicly announced in September, Equifax’s…

Equifax's Website Redirected People to Malware Thanks to a Compromised, Years-Old Plugin

Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people to hackers, found itself in yet another hole this week after its website began redirecting users to malware. On Friday, the Wall Street…