Photo: Mike Stewart (AP)  In 2017, Equifax was awarded one of the largest data breaches in history, exposing extensive personal information to nearly 150 million Americans (and countless thousands of additional cases, credit -card numbers and scans of driver's licenses, social security cards, and other identity documents). Equifax's part, but who exactly penetrates the company's systems for months remains a mystery.
The good news? The data does not appear to be cybercriminals online. The bad news? There is still no indication of where it might be.
According to a report by CNBC, eight experts "including who's scour the dark web for stolen information, senior cybersecurity managers, top executives at financial institutions, senior intelligence officials who played a part in the investigation, and who supported them ended up on stolen data.
One of the cybersecurity analysts at a major bank ("Jeffrey") told CNBC that "stolen data usually" has not been found in any one of these cybercrime records http://en.wikipedia.org The analyst said there was no indication that the internet data on the internet destinations:
"Of course I thought this was what stolen by criminals. Even if there's [a nation-state] behind it, this is really valuable stuff, and the criminals and nation-state stuff can be really mixed. Or, a nation-state would sell it just to save face. Jeffrey recalls thinking at the time.
Equifax spokesperson Jamil Farshchi told CNBC that the company is working with state and federal agencies as their own cybersecurity team, but that "
According to CNBC, Jeffrey initially believed that the data was stolen by criminals and that the hackers believed it was simply too hot to flip without attracting the unwelcome attention of law enforcement. However, CNBC said that "investigators with an intelligence background" came to a consensus that the suspect stolen by a criminal, but instead bought by a proxy of a foreign nation-state like Russia or China.
One "former senior Intelligence official with the direct knowledge of the Equifax investigation "told CNBC on the condition of anonymity that there could be two uses for the data. First, the data could be paired with other stolen data via "artificial intelligence or machine learning" to identify people in the U.S. Government who are or could be spits. The second, which seems to be more plausible, is that the stolen information could help
This is not the first time the Equifax breach has been committed to some kind of intelligence operation. This article was previously published under Q22017 in the United States, and the Wall Street Journal reported that Equifax had once feared Chinese espionage targeting confidential business information.
This is all based on anonymous sources, and the CNBC report does not assert that the suspected espionage is anything but a theory-which in and of itself is slightly concerned. Well over a year later, no one knows where that sensitive financial information went.