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Equifax security and information executives to retire

Equifax security and information executives to retire”

Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. offices are pictured in AtlantaThomson Reuters Equifax's top information-security executives are leaving the credit-reporting company after a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of 143 million Americans.

Susan Mauldin, the company's chief security officer, is being replaced by Russ Ayres, who has been appointed to that position on an interim basis.

"Equifax's internal investigation of this incident is still ongoing and the company continues to work closely with the FBI in its investigation", the company said in a press release announcing the personnel changes.

Equifax disclosed last week that hackers accessed or stole the Social Security numbers, birthdates and other information.

"Identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud had big help this past tax year from Equifax, one of the nation's largest consumer data brokers and credit bureaus", reads an incriminating comment from Krebs on Security under Mauldin's key challenge tab. The company also further specified when the intrusion into its systems took place, saying it believed it happened between May 13 and July 30. The statement did not include the names of these executives, and the company did not immediately respond to a CNNMoney inquiry.

Shares of Equifax have plummeted 35 percent since the disclosure of the breach, closing Friday at $92.98.



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