The fallout from the Equifax data breach continues throughout the United States as millions of Americans’ personal and private information was hacked. The hack was revealed to consumers last Friday even though it appears that the hack actually took place over three months ago. Understandably, people are upset.
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Well, it appears things are only going to get worse for the once prestigious credit report company. Popular Mechanics reported that people who suspected that they had been affected by the hack froze their credit cards.
Normally, this would be a normal path to take, but Equifax seemingly messed this up as well. Twitter users have reported that the pin you get to unfreeze your account is the date you froze it, making it easy to guess.
People who froze their accounts are shocked at the ineptitude of the company charged with collecting millions of Americans’ personal data. You would expect such a company would understand that a pin number should be a series of numbers that are next to impossible to guess – not the date and time you froze your account.
The last four digits (the time you created the account) create some form of protection, but there is only so much time in a day, so if you’re a hacker, you have all the time in the world to figure out the pin and hack these accounts – again.
A spokesperson told Ars Technica that they’re aware of their security blunder and are actively searching for a solution. In the meantime, the spokesperson claimed that the pins are being changed to a more complex series of numbers, and clients will receive an email with the updated pin.
This is only the latest questionable tactic the credit reporting company has taken since the breach. According to Tech Crunch, executives of the company dumped their personal stock in the company as they knew the backlash would likely damage the company’s reputation and stock standing.
It’s unclear how many Americans have had their sensitive information breached from the hack, but initial reports estimate anywhere from 100 to 140 million Americans are at risk.