The IRS announced late Thursday night that it has temporarily suspended a $US7.25 ($9) million contract with Equifax to help verify taxpayers' identities when creating accounts on the agency's website, citing "new information available today".
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House Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in their joint effort to uncover precisely what Equifax knew prior to revealing its data breach last month. That effort continued on Wednesday as lawmakers sought to learn more about what the embattled credit agency is doing to aid the roughly 145 million victims of this self-imposed calamity.
Richard Smith has retired as CEO and chairman of Equifax in the wake of his company's gross mishandling of one of the worst data breaches in US history, which compromised the data of an estimated 143 million Americans. One of the first plans he has during his retirement is an appearance at Senate Banking Committee hearing on October 4.
We've seen a lot of data breaches this year: some big, some small, some that are dangerous, and some that are just embarrassing. But if we were to name one as the creepiest data breach of 2017, this leak of logins for car tracking devices might take the cake.
One of Hollywood's top contract management firms was sent scrambling this week after informed of a breach involving a wealth of confidential and proprietary data. Contained in the leak was invaluable information about the earnings of some of the world's biggest musical talent during the era of Now That's What I Call Music! 45 through 74.
Government agencies and organisations that fall under the Privacy Act (we're talking businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million a year) will need to, by law, notify both the privacy commissioner and affected individuals of 'eligible' data breaches.
That's right, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, AKA Mandatory Data Breach Notification finally passed the senate yesterday, and will be in place within the next 12 months.
Back in September Yahoo released a statement admitting to a state-sponsored breach of the company's servers in 2014, resulting in the theft of personal information from 500 million accounts.
Now Yahoo has identified a new breach from August 2013 involving data associated with more than one billion accounts. That's twice what was previously revealed.
Remember when thieves took advantage of crappy security on the US IRS' online tax transcript website and stole the personal information of 100,000 people? We already knew that initial number was a lowball, but we didn't know how low -- an IRS audit recently uncovered that over 700,000 people had their accounts breached, and 575,000 others were targeted but not successfully accessed.
We've seen boat loads of personal info dumps online in the last year, but none as bizarre as this: A discovery of personal data from millions of Americans who've voted since 2000, found by a researcher in a sloppily configured database. In other words, it was just hanging out on the web. For unknown reasons. And we have no idea who put it there.