VEN (Atlanta) — In the wake of the most egregious data breach in history, affecting over 143 million people, furious Equifax senior executives sent back their gold-leaf encrusted Kobe beef tartar amuse-bouche at St Cecilia Wednesday, which — as CEO Richard S. Smith explained to reporters Friday — was not paired correctly with the four bottles of 2005 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet, “that the goddamned sommelier insisted that we order.”
“It really was a disgrace. The whole thing. We should have gone to Aria.”
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting that senior Equifax executives may have more to worry about than their bruised palates and disappointing haut cusisine.
As Bloomberg’s Alan Melin explains:
The credit-reporting service said earlier in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that on Aug. 1, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10b5-1 scheduled trading plans.
In response to the Bloomberg article, Equifax released a statement Friday, directing reporters to “check with Sanjay,” the Equifax IT Security Officer, who is overseeing the data breach.
VEN‘s calls to Sanjay’s office in Bangalore went unanswered.
However, an associate of Sanjay’s, who identified herself as Peggy, told VEN that they are very close to identifying the root cause of the problem, which they believe is an occult security bug in Windows 2000, and hope to have it corrected within the next 24 hours after they apply Service Pack 2.
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