Failure to patch system flaw led to massive Equifax breach

The credit agency giant said the hack of its cybersecurity system may have affected 143 million consumers and included a trove private information including credit card numbers and birth dates.

Hackers exploited a two-month-old flaw in Equifax's web systems to steal millions of customer's private data, the firm revealed.A patch for the vulnerability in open-source software package Apache Struts, was released on March 7 - the same day the flaw was announced.But it's not clear if the credit agency giant went through the time consuming process of updating its systems to fix the bug - leaving themselves open to a major security breach.Hackers had immediately began to exploit the flaw, a...