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Hackers Had Access to Equifax System for Months Before Breach Was Discovered

Hackers Had Access to Equifax System for Months Before Breach Was Discovered”

Hackers were moving freely in Equifax Inc.'s (EFX) computer network for months before the company discovered a breach, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a confidential note Equifax sent to some of its customers. The report says hackers entered the command "Whoami", which would have allowed them to determine a username for a computer it had gained access to.

The report, which was obtained by Reuters, described the techniques that the unknown attackers used to compromise Equifax, including exploitation of a vulnerability in a software known as Apache Struts that was used to build the online dispute website. It did not mention earlier activity. But the representative characterized that as "part of a common pattern of probing of systems on the Internet to find vulnerabilities".

Equifax has previously said the attack on its systems began in May. A spokeswoman for FireEye, a subsidiary of security firm Mandiant, declined to comment.



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