The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scathing report Monday saying the Equifax data breach, one of the largest in U.S. history, was "entirely preventable."
The Republican-authored report is the result of a 14-month probe in which the committee reviewed more than 122,000 pages of documents, interviewed three former employees directly involved with Equifax's IT operations, met with current and former employees and talked to cybersecurity experts at the firm hired to investigate the breach.
“Equifax, however, failed to implement an adequate security program to protect this sensitive data,” the report said. “As a result, Equifax allowed one of the largest data breaches in U.S.history. Such a breach was entirely preventable”
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