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Equifax used 'admin' as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit (yahoo.com)
156 points by toomuchtodo 22 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 27 comments



I love that the company that used a generic username and password is offering us security monitoring as a service to make up for their lack of security.


Yup, this was discovered back in 2017 as discussed here:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15233399


I believe the shareholder class action mentioned is new though (filed Jan 2019).


its ok guys they changed it to "equifax123" so everything is fine now.


!equifax123


-u equifax123 -p admin


-p pa55w0rd


So, say you have some amount of personal information leaked in a scenario like this, if you could argue that having that information leaked would make someone more able to commit identity/credit-card fraud against yourself, and it happens, would the company -Equifax in this case- have any direct or indirect liability that could be pursued in a legal capacity for your own personal case?


You literally cannot make this shit up... wow! I am speechless !!!


Damn how are they not being liquidated to pay for their own class action lawsuit?


See:

    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20992608 ,
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20993059 ,
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20992378 .


This corporation should be dissolved, its assets expropriated, and its management consigned to a gulag.


Many people agree with this ideology. If corporations are people then they should be subject to laws that citizens are subjected to. Basically they should get a corporate death penalty. Company is dissolved, no longer allowed to operate and its assets are sold off to provide restitution to the victims of the crime.


I thought we weren’t having the CCP dictate western values

Kidding they dont use gulags, just firing squads


This corporation should be dissolved, its assets expropriated, and its management consigned to finding jobs through the classifieds.


Let them drive Ubers.


They should learn to code.

Oops I'm banned from twitter.


Getting banned from Twitter/Facebook/HN/Reddit/etc is grandmotherly kindness.


Winnie the Pooh and his buddies in the CCP are no more communist than Republicans are republican. They're a bunch of state capitalist scum.


doesn't matter in this context, I only said the actual acronym of the actual party

people don't want the CCP dictating western values, and thats the joke because western states don't dissolve corporations for bad actions


> thats the joke because western states don't dissolve corporations for bad actions

We used to. We should start doing it again.

While we're at it, any corporation that wishes to operate in multiple states should be forced to incorporate at the Federal level. Congress has the authority to make this happen under the Commerce Clause.

They just don't have the courage.


> While we're at it, any corporation that wishes to operate in multiple states should be forced to incorporate at the Federal level. Congress has the authority to make this happen under the Commerce Clause.

Correct, Congress has never made incorporation statutes for private citizens and instead opts for one-off charters for sovereign agencies and corporations

I only know of a couple countries with different incorporation statutes at different administrative levels

and so far I'm only aware of one country that has state level and federal incorporation statutes


The problem is they are too big to fail: Not having a third-party offering real-time credit checks would tank our debt-driven world economy.

The Government at every level are also customers.

Having the Government nationalise them could be an effective punishment - but is this something you want the Government running instead?



which isn't even an example of whats being discussed


You're saying it wasn't dissolved for bad actions? It even had the judgement overturned on a technicality, but it was moot by then.


> You're saying it wasn't dissolved for bad actions?

correct, neither the federal government nor the state(s) they incorporated pursued dissolution or revoking the incorporation charter. they became defunct from their finances and reputational problems alone and chose to spin out some aspects of the business to attract more clients, which they didn't necessarily have to do. the judgment nuances have nothing to do with the accuracy of this. all we are talking about is the incorporation statutes itself, and this is not an example of that being leveraged to discontinue an entity.




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