Heads are Rolling at Equifax

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Equifax

Two high-ranking executives of the credit agency Equifax have resigned, the company announced Friday, eight days after the disclosure of a gigantic computer hack involving the personal data of more than 140 million Americans.

“The company announced that the Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer are retiring,” Equifax says in a statement. “Equifax’s internal investigation of this incident is still ongoing and the company continues to work closely with the FBI in its investigation,” the statement adds.

Equifax, one of the largest US credit bureaus that collects and analyzes personal data from consumers seeking credit, announced last week the piracy between mid-May and the end of July of sensitive data of its customers: names, addresses, credit card or social security numbers, etc. The data can be used by criminals to steal people’s identity.

An interim Chief Information Officer has been appointed.

“Mark Rohrwasser has been appointed interim Chief Information Officer. Mr. Rohrwasser joined Equifax in 2016 and has led Equifax’s International IT operations since that time. Russ Ayres has been appointed interim Chief Security Officer. Mr. Ayres most recently served as a Vice President in the IT organization at Equifax. He will report directly to the Chief Information Officer. The personnel changes are effective immediately,” the statement says.

The revelation of the intrusion led to the opening of a judicial investigation in New York, the filing of several complaints from customers or the announcement of a congressional hearing in early October of Equifax’s CEO Richard Smith.