The Federal Trade Commission announced it is investigating the Equifax data breach, The Washington Post reports. “The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations,” FTC Acting Director of Public Affairs Peter Kaplan said. “However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach.” FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny supports the agency's investigation, saying she is “very concerned” about the size of the breach and Equifax's response. Meanwhile, Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to Equifax CEO Richard Smith formally requesting his testimony regarding the breach, while Equifax claims the data breach was caused by hackers exploiting vulnerable web server software. A security breach was also discovered in Equifax's Argentina branch, as the online employee tool allowed for “admin” to be a username and password, allowing anyone to access customer information. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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