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Hacked Equifax Website Redirects Users to Adware, Scams

A security researcher noticed recently that an Equifax service designed for obtaining free and discounted credit reports had been redirecting users to websites set up to serve adware and scams.

Independent security analyst Randy Abrams wanted to find his credit report on Equifax’s website when he was redirected to a website offering a fake Flash Player installer. The browsing session was taken through multiple domains before the final page was reached.

It’s not uncommon for cybercriminals to deliver malware using fake Flash Player installers, but in this case the website pushed adware.

The compromised Equifax webpage, hosted at aa.econsumer.equifax.com, did not redirect the connection when accessed by SecurityWeek on Thursday morning. Abrams believes Equifax removed the malicious code from its website sometime on Wednesday.

An analysis of the domains involved in the redirection chain shows that they can lead not only to adware. The final destination depends on the type of...(continued)

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