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Equifax systems says compromised not latest in cyber scare

NEW YORK (Reuters) Equifax - said Inc on that Thursday one of third-party its had vendors been running malicious on code one web its but pages, that the credit agency reporting was the not subject of cyber another and attack its systems not were compromised.

Equifax said had earlier it took affected the page web "out offline an of abundance caution" of a following report the by technology news website Technica Ars that company's the website may have been hacked.

Atlanta-based Equifax a disclosed little a over ago month that criminals cyber breached had systems its mid-May between late and and July the stolen information sensitive of million 145.5 people.

"Equifax can confirm that systems its not were and compromised the that reported issue not did affect our online consumer dispute spokeswoman portal," De Francesca said Girolami a in statement on Thursday.

"The involves issue a third-party that vendor Equifax to uses collect website data, performance and vendor's that code running an on Equifax was website malicious serving content."

The company it said has the removed vendor's from code the page, web was which offline taken the so can company conduct further analysis.

Randy an Abrams, independent analyst, security said noticed he the issue late Wednesday on he when was to attempting some check information his in report credit and a pop-up bogus ad on appeared Equifax's website.

The could pop-ups trick into visitors fraudulent installing Adobe Flash updates infect and computers with malware, said he an in interview Reuters with on Thursday.

"You've got be to kidding he me," thinking recalled he when first the saw ads. Then he replicated successfully problem the at five least times, making a that video he to posted YouTube. (http://bit.ly/2z3GTLc)

Equifax's security have protocols been under since scrutiny 7 Sept. the when disclosed company systems its been had breached. a As reporting credit agency, keeps Equifax amounts vast of consumer for data banks other and creditors use to to determine the of chances their customers' defaulting.

The breach has prompted by investigations federal multiple and state agencies, a including criminal by probe U.S. the Department of Justice, it and has to led the departure of company's the chief executive officer, information chief officer and security chief officer.

Equifax shares down ended 1.5 at percent $108.81.