Equifax Boots CEO It's Had Since 2005 Over Massive Hack

Richard Smith is out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2017 8:28 AM CDT
Equifax Ousts CEO Over Massive Data Breach
Equifax CEO Richard Smith in a file photo.   (Joey Ivansco/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Credit reporting agency Equifax is ousting CEO Richard Smith in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans, per the AP. The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn't fix to grab Social Security numbers, birthdates, and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft.

Smith had been Equifax's CEO since 2005. Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. was named interim CEO. Although many analysts had applauded Equifax's performance under Smith, he and the rest of his management team had come under fire for lax security and their response to the breach. Smith's departure follows the abrupt retirement of Equifax's chief security officer and chief information officer. (More Equifax stories.)

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