Hacks & Hackers

Susan Mauldin, who retired as Equifax's Chief Security Officer, has come under fire for her undergraduate and graduate music degrees. But is that really the issue?

Opinion: when they say your major is a problem, what they mean is your gender is a problem

In-brief: Talking about Susan Mauldin’s music degree is a socially acceptable way for men to vent about a woman who they don’t feel belongs in their workplace – especially not in a senior role.

Equifax Executives Depart Amid Growing Backlash

Equifax Executives Depart Amid Growing Backlash

In-brief: Equifax said on Friday that its Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer had “retired” in the wake of a massive data breach that leaked sensitive on some 143 million people. 

Equifax named a six month old vulnerability as the cause of a devastating hack of information on 140 million people. It was patched in August.

Beset by Lawsuits, Scams, Investigations, Equifax names Source of Breach

In-brief: Beset by a plunging share price, class action lawsuits in dozens of states, pending Congressional hearings and a FTC investigation, Equifax on Wednesday finally settled speculation and named a six month old hole in a common software platform, Apache Struts, as the cause of a massive hack.

Equifax said the breach of its network and theft of data on 140 million individuals has cost the company $87 million so far.

Inside the Equifax Hack, Facebook’s Problem with Authoritarianism & ASPertise harnesses Asperger’s Syndrome

In-brief: In this week’s podcast, Security Ledger Editor in Chief Paul Roberts talks with noted security researcher Robert “RSnake” Hansen about the data breach at Equifax and why the company’s response to it was so lacking. Also: Chris Sumner of the Online Privacy Foundation talks about why Facebook is a killer app for information operations and we talk to the president of ASPertise: a consulting firm by and of professionals with Aspergers and Autism spectrum disorders.

Facebook said thousands of ads that ran on its site in 2015 and 2016 have links to Russian information operations.

Facebook: Russia’s Hand in Disinformation Campaign That Reached Millions

In-brief: Facebook said thousands of ads that ran on its site in 2015 and 2016 have links to Russian information operations. The ads were designed to foment discord around a range of issues.