A Wall Street Journal report says that hackers broker into Equifax’s computer systems in March, giving them months to probe vulnerabilities and eventually gain access to the data of 143 million Americans.
The Journal cited a report from security firm FireEye that was sent to some Equifax customers this week.READ MORE: Decades Later, Family Gets Apology From Dallas Police Over Death Of 12-Year-Old Santos Rodriguez
The breach on March 10 came two days after security researchers at Cisco Systems warned of a flaw in an open-source software package called Apache Struts. One expert said the hackers probably found the Equifax server by “spamming” the internet for vulnerabilities.READ MORE: Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Steven Weinberg Dies At 88 In Texas Hospital
Equifax has previously said the attack on its systems began in May.
Equifax did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report. A spokeswoman for FireEye, a subsidiary of security firm Mandiant, declined to comment.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting Involving Fight In Irving, Police Say
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