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Equifax Hack: $25k Loss On Flaw Apache Framework

Equifax Hack: $25k Loss On Flaw Apache Framework

Now, according to findings of the Baird Equity Research Report [PDF], the breach was the result of security vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework, an open source Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework that helps in building Java Web applications. The data exposed in this breach included name, date-of-birth, residential address and Social Security Number.

Even if you need to be part of the state action lawsuit versus Equifax, you can nevertheless sue Equifax for oversight in small claims court using the DoNotPay bot and command maximum damages. Maximum losses range between $2,500 in states like Rhode Island and Kentucky to $25,000 in Tennessee.

“The *average* Web application or API has 26.7 serious vulnerabilities. That is a staggering, unbelievable number. And organizations often have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of applications,” wrote Williams.

Not that the bot benefits you do anything you can’t previously do yourself, which is stretching out a bunch of forms you still have to accept them yourself. Unfortunately, the chatbot can’t show up in the forum a few weeks later to review your case for you either. To add to a headache, small claims court laws differ from state to state. For example, in California, a person wants to demand payment from Equifax or justify why they haven’t needed payment before filing the form.

However, Gielen urges that in order to prevent breaches like Equifax it is important for users to be sure about the supporting frameworks and libraries that are embedded in the software products they are using and also to keep themselves updated about the latest security announcements that might affect those products

Attorney Scott Nelson, from the support organization Public Citizen, says he isn’t satisfied a chatbot can strongly win a lawsuit. “I am not preferred to think it would be a relief. Filing and winning a small rights case takes more than just filling in a form.”

In an email conversation with, Alex Smith, Director of Security Products at Intermedia said “While the scale of the Equifax breach doesn’t reach the heights of some previous breaches, such as Yahoo, it is by far the most invasive when you look at all the sensitive personal data accessed. Impacting 143 million consumers touches well over 50 percent of American’s that rely on bank loans and credit scoring.

Still, chatting with the bot on a friendly blue shade can help take the guesswork out of little claims court systems. All you have to do is state your name and location and it produces eight pages of lawsuit documentation in PDF form for you to letter and file.