The massive data breach at US credit bureau Equifax, Inc. in September resulted in the theft of personal details, including names, birthdates, and social security numbers from more than 140 million people.
After news of the breach broke, Equifax set up an official web site called EquifaxSecurity2017.com for consumers to refer to for information about the hack. It turns out that many similar domain names were registered after the breach, according to Domain Name Wire, including 138 domain names registered by China Capital investment Limited. Many of the domain names included misspellings of "Equifax" and "security." Some of these sites advertised services for identity theft protection services and credit scores.
In response to this blatant cybersquatting, Equifax filed a successful domain dispute under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and all of these domains are now being transferred to the company.
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