NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — Equifax, a credit reporting agency, ousted its CEO Richard Smith as part of their effort to clean up a mess left by a breach that exposed private information for about 143 million Americans.READ MORE: Activists Say Hundreds Of Cuban Protesters Have Been Arrested Since Anti-Regime Demonstrations Broke Out
The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn’t fix to heist 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.READ MORE: Broward County School Board Votes Unanimously To Make Mask Use Mandatory For Start Of School Year
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 its response to the breach.
Smith’s departure follows the abrupt retirement of Equifax’s chief security officer and chief information officer.MORE NEWS: Teen's Death Investigation Continues After No Hazardous Materials Found In West Park Home
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