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Hacked again? Equifax shares drop after possible new cyberbreach

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Independent security analyst Randy Abrams says the site redirected some visitors to download a fraudulent update for Adobe Flash that, when clicked, would infect the user's computer with Malware.

Company spokesman Tom Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada's website or the number of Canadian or American Equifax customers that may have been affected.

Equifax - whose multimillionaire CEO made a decision to set sail from the company weeks after the announcement that, under his watch, the information of 143 million Americans was obtained by hackers - was sending visitors of its website to the completely bogus software update.

The company said the problem is in its credit report assistance link on its website. "Our IT and Security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline". Abrams told tech reporters at Ars Technica that he discovered the hack while using Equifax to dispute his own credit report.

Equifax shares dropped as much as 3.5 percent Thursday after it said it has disabled one of its customer help online pages and is investigating another possible cyberbreach.

Since news of Equifax's massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the US, as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.

Money expert Clark Howard says rather than waiting on Equifax to get itself together, consumers should be proactive and do what they can to protect themselves from identity fraud.

Soon after the report surfaced the company took the web page down.

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