The Equifax hack has the hallmarks of state-sponsored pros13 min read . Updated: 30 Sep 2017, 04:06 PM IST
One person briefed on the Equifax hacking probe being conducted by the FBI and US intelligence agencies said that there is evidence that a nation-state may have played a role
Washington/Atlanta: In the corridors and break rooms of Equifax Inc.’s giant Atlanta headquarters, employees used to joke that their enormously successful credit reporting company was just one hack away from bankruptcy. They weren’t being disparaging, just darkly honest: Founded in the 19th century as a retail credit company, Equifax had over the years morphed into one of the largest repositories of Americans’ most sensitive financial data, which the company sliced and diced and sold to banks and hedge funds. In short, the viability of Equifax and the security of its data were one and the same.