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IDG Contributor Network: Change management: Equifax highlighted the vulnerability gap between disclosure and patch



It is becoming clear that the Equifax breach may be the most significant and damaging network security breach in history. It is estimated that half the population of the United States was affected.

With personal details, including social security numbers and driver’s licenses, being leaked, the shockwaves of this breach will be felt for years to come. It could well result in significant changes to the way we track credit going forward.

While details are still emerging, it is broadly accepted that this breach was caused by an unpatched exploit in the Apache Struts library on the Equifax web servers.

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