Equifax executives are out after massive security breach

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Equifax's top information-security executives are leaving the credit-reporting company after a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of 143 million Americans.

According to a press release, the company said that its Chief Information Officer, David Webb, and Chief Security Officer, Susan Mauldin, would be leaving the company immediately and were being replaced by internal staff. Mark Rohrwasser, who has lead Equifax's global IT operations, is the company's new interim CIO.

Chief security officer Susan Mauldin will be replaced by Russ Ayres, who will serve in the position in the interim.

Additionally, the recent attack on the agency is already the third serious cybersecurity issue for Equifax since 2015, all of which were under the watch of Mauldin - who was brought on board in 2013 as chief security officer.

The company said the executives were retiring and that their replacements would be installed immediately, The Wall Street Journal reported. Webb is being replaced by Mark Rohrwasser, who most recently was in charge of Equifax's worldwide technology operations. The software problem was detected in March and a recommended software patch was released shortly afterward.

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Hackers first broke into Equifax's servers on May 13, the company said on Friday.

The company said criminals had accessed details including names and social security numbers.

Equifax has been castigated for how it has handled the breach, which it did not disclose publicly for weeks after discovering it. But his promises to make changes at the company were not enough for many alarmed lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Equifax also said Friday it would continue to allow people to place credit freezes on their reports without a fee through November 21. The company's CEO Richard Smith is scheduled to testify in front of Congress in early October.

Equifax is now under federal investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

At least two congressional hearings on the Equifax breach have been announced.

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