Congressional committee slams Equifax in report on data breach

Equifax didn’t take steps to prevent a massive data breach in 2017 that allowed hackers to steal the personal information of 147.7 million Americans from its servers. It wasn’t ready to handle the aftermath, either. That’s the takeaway from a House Oversight Committee report (PDF), released Monday, which calls the breach “entirely preventable.”

The 96-page report said Equifax lacked clear lines of authority in its IT department, which meant important security measures weren’t put in place when they should have been. What’s more, the company’s collection of sensitive consumer information was spread out among out-of-date, custom-built systems, the report said.

Read more about the congressional report slamming Equifax on CNet.