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FTC's New Head of Consumer Protection is a Major Corporate Shill FTC's New Head of Consumer Protection is a Major Corporate Shill

At this point when a new person joins the Trump administration as a regulator, the question isn’t if they are a corporate shill, it’s how big of one are they? In the case of Andrew Smith, the new head of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, he is truly a shill’s shill.

Librarian Wins $600 in Symbolic Lawsuit Against Those Equifax Asshats Librarian Wins $600 in Symbolic Lawsuit Against Those Equifax Asshats

If your personal data gets hacked, then why not file a lawsuit? That’s what Vermont librarian Jessamyn West did by successfully suing Equifax over its 2017 hack, which exposed the personal data over 140 million people.

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

Equifax Now Says Over 56,000 Driver's Licenses, Passports, and Other IDs Were Stolen, Too Equifax Now Says Over 56,000 Driver's Licenses, Passports, and Other IDs Were Stolen, Too

Credit-reporting agency Equifax has revealed new details this week about the personal data of customers exposed in last year’s data breach.

Equifax Board Members Keep Their Jobs Despite Data Breach Blunders Equifax Board Members Keep Their Jobs Despite Data Breach Blunders

After a calamitous data breach exposing the personal information of more than 145 million U.S. citizens, Equifax shareholders this week voted to re-elect all of the company’s board members following its first annual shareholder meeting since the incident.

Massachusetts Lawsuit Against Equifax Is Legit, Judge Rules Massachusetts Lawsuit Against Equifax Is Legit, Judge Rules

A lawsuit against Equifax filed by Massachusetts is moving forward after a judge in Boston denied the credit-reporting firm’s motion to dismiss the complaint, Reuters reports.

Ex-Equifax Executive Charged With Insider Trading Linked to 2017 Data Breach Ex-Equifax Executive Charged With Insider Trading Linked to 2017 Data Breach

Last Summer, Equifax experienced one of the most devastating data breaches in history. In an incredible stroke of luck, several executives had dumped their stock in the company prior to the news going public. They were cleared of wrongdoing, but on Wednesday, the SEC filed insider trading charges against a different…

Congress Will Make Credit Freezes Free for All in Belated Response to Equifax Breach Congress Will Make Credit Freezes Free for All in Belated Response to Equifax Breach

Congress is set to finally do something that will benefit US consumers in response to the Equifax breach last year—beyond excoriating the company’s executives on live television. Yet, as with everything, it will come at a cost.

Equifax Reveals 2.4 Million Consumers Had Additional Info Stolen in 2017 Breach Equifax Reveals 2.4 Million Consumers Had Additional Info Stolen in 2017 Breach

Equifax announced new details on Thursday regarding the personal consumer data stolen during its disastrous data breach last year.

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

Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public

Confidential documents filed with the Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported.

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] 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 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.

Equifax Extends Free Credit Freezes Until June 30th, Should Be Forced to Do It Forever Equifax Extends Free Credit Freezes Until June 30th, Should Be Forced to Do It Forever

Equifax, the credit-rating agency which royally screwed up in 2017 when it lost the personal data of at least 145.5 million Americans to hackers despite being warned months before that exact thing could happen, has extended its free credit freeze services another five months to June 30th, 2018.

New Senate Bill Includes Jail Time for Executives Who Conceal Data Breaches New Senate Bill Includes Jail Time for Executives Who Conceal Data Breaches

Top Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee are renewing efforts to pass a law requiring companies to quickly notify consumers in the wake of a data breach, citing recent news that Uber suffered a breach more than a year ago and responded by paying the hackers responsible $100,000 in exchange for their silence.

Equifax Seized 138 Scammy Lookalike Domains Instead of Just Changing Its Dumb 'Security' Site Equifax Seized 138 Scammy Lookalike Domains Instead of Just Changing Its Dumb 'Security' Site

Late last month, Equifax secured control over 138 domains mimicking a website that the company launched in September in the wake of its massive data breach.

Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks Equifax and Yahoo Complain They Are Helpless Against State-Sponsored Hacks

Former and current Equifax and Yahoo executives appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about the major consumer data breaches that occurred under their watch. An executive at Verizon, which acquired Yahoo this summer, was also called as a witness.

Equifax Investigation Clears Execs Who Dumped Stock Before Hack Announcement 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…

Report: Equifax Warned of Vulnerability Six Months Before Attack, Took No Action Report: Equifax Warned of Vulnerability Six Months Before Attack, Took No Action

It didn’t seem possible, but Equifax may have screwed the pooch even harder than previously thought.

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