Equifax CEO Retires in the Wake of Damaging Data Breach

Credit reporting agency Equifax ousted CEO Richard Smith after a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax CEO Richard Smith is retiring effective immediately as the credit reporting agency tries to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans. The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn’t fix to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft. Smith…

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