Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29.
Equifax reports that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted.
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The average ransomware payment rose to $1,077, up from $294 a year earlier, Symantec said. Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to $1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.
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