Equifax, Software Company Blame Each Other For Security Breach | NBC Nightly News


SAYS MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED THE BREACH. HERE’S NBC’S TOM COSTELLO.>>Reporter: TONIGHT, WITH REPORTS THAT MASTERCARD AND VISA ARE NOTIFYING BANKS THAT 200,000 OF THEIR CUSTOMER CREDIT CARD NUMBERS WERE AMONG THOSE LOST IN THE EQUIFAX BREACH, PUBLIC OUTRAGE CONTINUES TO BOIL. IN TEXAS MICHAEL WHIP’S INFORMATION WAS FIRST STONE TWO YEARS AGO. NOW WITH THE EQUIFAX HACK HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE FROZEN THEIR CREDIT REPORTS. TOTAL COST $40.>>IT MAKES ME ANGRY THAT I HAVE TO PAY THESE CREDIT BUREAUS MONEY TO DO WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING TO BEGIN WITH AND THAT’S PROTECT MY INFORMATION, MY WIFE’S NFS.>>Reporter: CREDIT SCORES AREN’T JUST USED FOR LOANS AND CREDIT CARDS, THEY CAN AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO GET A JOB, CAR INSURANCE, RENT AN APARTMENT, TURN ON THE POWER, EVEN SIGN UP FOR A NEW CELL PHONE.>>I THINK WHAT THIS BREACH POINTS TO IS WE NEED BETTER CONTROL FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS IS OVER THE INFORMATION IN OUR CREDIT REPORTS.>>Reporter: ALSO TONIGHT MORE ALLEGATIONS OF NEGLIGENCE AT EQUIFAX. IN A STATEMENT ONLINE, EQUIFAX BLAMED THE MAY HACK ON CRIMINALS WHO EXPLOITED A U.S. WEBSITE APPLICATION VULNERABILITY AND APACHE STRUT SOFTWARE. BUT APACHE SAYS IT ISSUED A PATCH TO FIX THAT TWO MONTHS EARLIER ON MARCH 7th. TODAY APACHE SAYS EQUIFAX BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR LAX SECURITY.>>THE DATA SECURITY BREACH WAS ABSOLUTELY DUE TO THEIR FAILURE TO INSTALL THE ASSOCIATED PATCHES FOR THE APACHE STRETCH PROJECT.>>Reporter: LATE TODAY EQUIFAX TOLD NBC NEWS IT DID NOT IDENTIFY THE VULNERABILITY UNTIL JULY 29. WHY DID IT THEN TAKE SIX WEEKS FOR EQUIFAX TO GO PUBLIC?>>THEY KEPT AMERICANS AT RISK DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME. WE WANT TO KNOW WHY THAT IS AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT.>>Reporter: IT WAS A WEEK AGO TODAY THAT EQUIFAX ANNOUNCED THE BREACH. THAT VERY SAME DAY IT WAS ON CAPITOL HILL

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