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That massive Equifax breach could have been easily avoided


Last week, credit reporting firm Equifax admitted that 143 million US consumers’ personal records were exposed in a security breach over a couple of months earlier this year. What it didn’t reveal at the time, was just how callous it had been in protecting that private data. The company learned that its attackers took advantage of a security flaw in the Apache Struts Web Framework, that allowed them to remotely execute code on Equifax’s systems. The bug was revealed in March, along with recommended patches to fix it – but clearly, Equifax didn’t move quickly enough to prevent nearly half…

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