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Postby TheBurningPunch » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:45 pm

I had a discussion about this in my networking class and i think the company is putting little emphasis on protecting millions of information that could get in the wrong hands. admin as a username and password..seriously?

What are your thoughts?
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby erik1977 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:49 pm

That's what happens when incompetent people are put in positions they shouldn't have. :roll:
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby GalanDun » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:54 pm

They're as incompetant as the day is long.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby SleepyFist » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:04 am

Hope none of my info got out, god only knows how many businesses I've given out my social security number to over the past several months.

Luckily I don't have a bank account or any credit.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby seriouslyconstipated » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:34 am

TheBurningPunch wrote:I had a discussion about this in my networking class and i think the company is putting little emphasis on protecting millions of information that could get in the wrong hands. admin as a username and password..seriously?

What are your thoughts?


But isn't that how everyone acts nowadays. Back in the day, admitting to which city you actually lived was considered a massively stupid thing to post on the Internet. Nowadays, people not only post their name, face, family members, job, and even house online, but they are extremely lax when it comes to security measures. You'll be amazed at how many people use Password1@ as an actual password for everything or they completely don't have one and just change it every time they need to go into an app or program.

That said, one would think that a business that deals primarily in personal information would know, or have enough people on the payroll enough to not fall into these pitfalls.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby MisterXiado » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:05 am

I'm pretty sure Jim said it best.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHcGVOJXRzI
(not embedded because the public internet hates the F word)

I work for a company that frequently has "data breaches" due to constantly outsourcing support without vetting potential employees. If only you knew how bad it really is.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby schmupluvr » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:26 am

I was involved in identity theft a few years back. Ever since I have had credit monitoring. I got a notice last week that I should be extra careful. (pretty sure my stuff was lifted from Equifax)

I don't know if anyone who has a computer on the web will ever be secure ultimately. EVER. There is always a back door.

About 10 yrs ago I signed up to be a beta tester for an internet service that uses power lines.
The data "floats" on the same wire(s) that carries the electricity. My area never saw it but the last I heard, some large cities did have it implemented. It may have fallen through for a number of reasons. Super cool possibilities using existing wires though.

When considering the nature of this kind of internet service technology it sure doesn't look good for the future of security either.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby mrpink999 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:35 am

This breach is far from over....
Everyone needs to sign on that class action so this does not just "Go Away"
repercussions from this can last for years with the sheer volume of data stolen
Careful what you sign

Another note, I had my identity stolen as well

A few days later I received a sympathy card with $5 in it
stating "they did not want to be me anymore" :D
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Postby schmupluvr » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:21 pm

@Pink :lol: :lol:
My sympathy card must've been stolen from the mail.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby TheBurningPunch » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:56 pm

seriouslyconstipated wrote:
TheBurningPunch wrote:I had a discussion about this in my networking class and i think the company is putting little emphasis on protecting millions of information that could get in the wrong hands. admin as a username and password..seriously?

What are your thoughts?


But isn't that how everyone acts nowadays. Back in the day, admitting to which city you actually lived was considered a massively stupid thing to post on the Internet. Nowadays, people not only post their name, face, family members, job, and even house online, but they are extremely lax when it comes to security measures. You'll be amazed at how many people use Password1@ as an actual password for everything or they completely don't have one and just change it every time they need to go into an app or program.

That said, one would think that a business that deals primarily in personal information would know, or have enough people on the payroll enough to not fall into these pitfalls.



I never post my where i live on my gaming accounts nor my youtube account. I dont take my personal safety lightly. i only give out that info for employment verification or doctor visits which is mandatory. i try my best to give the toughest passwords i can. i deleted my facebook as i don't wanna put myself out there for very long. as for youtube and twitter, ill maintain my burningpunch name for all that.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby MisterXiado » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:34 pm

By simply existing, these companies have your information, and speaking from experience, corporations dealing in data acquisition and retention are typically reactive in their security, which is the second worst kind of security. You don't have to have had a loan, utilities in your name, or much of anything. As stated by others, the credit companies will easily purge any fraudulent crap from your report, because they NEED you to be eligible for loans you may not be able to pay off. It's that sweet, sweet compound interest, the most powerful force in the universe.

I seem to have made some people mad, as I can't even get a home loan for $15k (yes, fifteen thousand dollars, not one hundred and fifty thousand), and my credit report is suspiciously blank.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby Berzerk » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:18 pm

I just got a call and email about bogus transactions on my CC today. I have a broken leg so I am not walking around buying things I even checked the Equifax site and it said I was Ok still not sure how they got my CC #. I still think the hack at Equifax was involved. I have not used that CC in about a year never had this happen until now. They charged $158 each in different transactions buy the same E company. But Equifax says I am clear of any breach yeah right.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby MisterXiado » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:10 am

Now comes the fun of being issued new cards and accounts, and a new SSNOH WAIT, NOPE. Want to avoid all of this and go cash-only? Bam, watchlist.
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Re: the equifax breach

Postby zombiegauze » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:42 am

Im late to the party here, but here is what the FTC said to do about this breach:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/ ... ch-what-do
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