A hacker duo are asking for 600 Bitcoins ($2.7 million) in exchange for the breached Equifax data that contains 143 million U.S. consumers social security and credit card details.
The Dark Web portal claims to have the Equifax data, and says that if they do not sell it by September 15th, they’ll publish the database online for free.
On the portal, the hackers also slam Equifax executives for selling $2 million in stock before the breach was made public.
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NbCchicago.com reports: And three of the company’s executives sold nearly $2 million in Equifax shares days after the cyberattack was discovered, SEC filings show.
It was unclear whether their share sales had anything to do with the breach, CNBC reports. An Equifax spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Leaked data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver’s license numbers, CNBC reported. The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were also obtained.
Equifax said it is alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete, the company said.
Consumers who think their personal information may have been compromised in this incident can find out more here.