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Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

The Department of Justice is investigating three top Equifax executives’ stock trades to see whether they violated insider trading laws, according to a media report Monday.

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Bloomberg reported that the federal agency probe is focused on Equifax’s chief financial officer and the presidents of two business units who sold a combined $1.8 million in stock in early August, days after the company learned of a massive security breach, but before it was made public.

A company representative said the executives “had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time.”

But company officials told investors that they had “promptly” informed their board of directors of the incident.

>> Related: Federal probe launched after Equifax data breach

Typically, top executives at public corporations use pre-programmed stock sales through a so-called 10b5-1 plan to avoid accusations of illegal insider trading. But the three executives’ stock sale disclosures filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicate that their stock sales were not pre-scheduled.

Earlier this month, Equifax, one of the nation’s three key credit-tracking bureaus, disclosed that hackers stole Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of 143 million people.

>> Related: Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax said the breach occurred from mid-May to late July, when it was discovered. The executives sold their stock a few days later, in early August.

The company has been swamped with consumers’ efforts to freeze their credit profiles in the wake of the data breach, according to consumer experts and people who have tried.

Friday, Equifax announced that two top executives were retiring, but none were among the three who disclosed large stock sales after the data breach.

Two store owners killed at same location 7 years apart

Bloody footprints that once marked where an Atlanta grocer was stabbed and killed in 2010 have long faded.

But bloodshed in the area is hardly a distant memory.

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The owner of Southern Grocery was shot and killed Sunday, and the shooter is still on the run, Atlanta police said.

Seven years ago, the owner of a similarly named grocery store was stabbed repeatedly during an apparent robbery attempt.

That incident prompted city officials to add a security system in the area last year.

RELATED: Atlanta installs police camera near where storekeeper was slain

And years earlier, the store was so frequently a target for break-ins that the owner spent the night outside in his van to make sure no one broke in, another business owner said.

Now, community members have had enough.

Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow, whose district includes the store, told WSB-TV she would support a plan to close the business permanently.

RELATED: Man shot, killed shortly after closing Atlanta store

She spoke to reporters a few days after a shooter killed 36-year-old store owner Saiful Bhuyia of Dunwoody in his car and critically injured his passenger, Rizanul Islam.

“Our investigators are following all leads,” Officer Stephanie Brown said Thursday. 

So far, officers have learned that two men in another vehicle approached them, Brown said. One of the men shot into the victims’ car.

When officers arrived, they found Bhuyia dead in his seat and Islam in critical condition, Brown said.

On Thursday, police released a video of the incident, hoping someone will provide information that leads to an arrest.

In the video, a white vehicle approaches the victims’ car and two men jump out. It’s clear the victims tried to flee, but both were shot. Bhuyia died at the scene, police said, and Islam was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. 

A community vigil for Bhuyia was held Wednesday night.

At the vigil, community members cited the nearby M. Agnes Jones Elementary School as a reason safety should be more of a priority in the area, which is minutes away from the university center in southwest Atlanta.

Shawn Walton, a resident in the community, told WSB-TV no one would have wished death on Bhuyia and his family.

“They were standup people,” Walton said. “And they took a risk to be here, and we’re grateful for that risk they took.”

It’s a familiar refrain from community members. Many of them also described the previous store owner, Baik Sung, as a good person.

Margaret Doubt, a 40-year-old single mother of five who lived near the store seven years ago, said she couldn’t understand why anyone would want to kill the man affectionately known as “Paw Paw.” 

Doubt said the man gave her credit one time when she was waiting for her paycheck. 

“He always let me do it,” she said. “I always paid him back.

“He was such a good man.”

A native of South Korea, Sung had owned Southern Supermarket for more than 30 years when he was stabbed to death. 

Officers responding to that incident found him lying just inside the door of the store and a cash register taken.

In June 2012, Oderrick Boone, 28, was sentenced to life plus 15 years for Sung’s murder. He had been caught on a surveillance camera.

Jon Park, secretary of the Georgia Korean Grocers Association, knew Sung.

“He worked hard, from sunrise to sunset,” he said. “He worked more than 12 hours a day. The only thing he knew was to work, work.”

Ellen Eldridge and John Spink contributed to this article.

Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax and a software company are blaming each other for a glitch that allowed hackers to obtain Social Security numbers and other sensitive information for 143 million people.

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The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation’s three key credit bureaus that track individuals’ credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a U.S. website application called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. Equifax disclosed last week that it discovered in July that hackers had tapped a large trove of personal data on most adults in America.

>> Related: Federal probe launched after Equifax data breach

But in a statement Thursday, Apache Software Foundation, which provides the application, said it provided and announced a patch for the software fault on March 7, well before Equifax said the security breach began in mid-May.

“In conclusion, the Equifax data compromise was due to their failure to install the security updates provided in a timely manner,” the foundation said.

>> Related: Equifax cyberattack: What to know

The 18-year-old foundation said it is an all-volunteer organization that produced open-source Java applications for government and business users, including Fortune 100 companies.

Equifax couldn’t be reached immediately for a response to Apache Software Foundation’s statement.

Looking for a job? Here are the top 25 US cities to get hired

A new survey by job site Glassdoor named the country’s top 25 cities to find a job.

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Glassdoor.com, a job site that analyzes data on job openings, quality of life and home values, rated Pittsburgh the No. 1 city for jobs in 2017.

Each city was ranked based on three factors: cost of living, job satisfaction and hiring opportunity. 

According to the report, Pittsburgh has more than 95,000 job openings, with civil engineer, registered nurse and project manager listed as “hot jobs.” The city has a $44,000 median base salary, and the median home value is $137,400.

The report, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metropolitan cities, rated cities on a five-point scale to earn a “city score.” Pittsburgh earned 4.4 points, as did Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles did not make the list.

Here is the full list of the best US cities to get a job, according to Glassdoor:

1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2. Indianapolis, Indiana3. Kansas City, Missouri4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina5. St. Louis, Missouri6. Memphis, Tennessee7. Columbus, Ohio8. Cincinnati, Ohio9. Cleveland, Ohio10. Louisville, Kentucky11. Birmingham, Alabama12. Detroit, Michigan13. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota14. Hartford, Connecticut15. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma16. Washington D.C.

17. Seattle, Washington

18. Atlanta, Georgia19. Baltimore, Maryland20. Nashville, Tennessee21. Milwaukee, Wisconsin22. San Jose, California23. Chicago, Ilinois24. Charlotte, North Carolina25. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Amelia Finefrock contributed to this report.

Federal probe launched after Equifax data breach

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it is investigating a massive data breach at credit reporting giant Equifax that exposed the sensitive information of millions of Americans.

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Peter Kaplan, FTC’s acting director of public affairs, said that the agency typically does not comment on ongoing investigations in a statement obtained by Politico.

“However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach,” Kaplan said.

Equifax, one of America’s three major credit bureaus, said last week that a “cyber security incident” might have exposed the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of 143 million Americans. Driver’s license numbers might have also been accessed, the company said.

The breach took place from mid-May through July 2017, according to Equifax.

>> Related: Equifax reports massive data breach that could affect 143 million in U.S. 

Equifax set up a website to help affected consumers and keep them abreast of updates in the company’s investigation. On a frequently asked questions section of the site, Equifax officials identified the flaw that allowed hackers to access sensitive information as one flagged publicly last year.

A patch for the vulnerability, Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638, was released by The Apache Software Foundation in March, Bloomberg reported.

>> Related: Equifax cyberattack: What to know

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, a member of the Banking, Budget and Finance committees and cofounder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, on Wednesday called for an investigation into the data breach. 

“The volume and sensitivity of the data potentially involved in this breach raises serious questions about whether firms like Equifax adequately protect the enormous amounts of sensitive data they gather and commercialize,” Warner wrote in a letter addressed to FTC Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen.

>> Related: Equifax cyberattack: How to get a free credit report, protect your identity

He called the incident “one of the largest, and potentially most impactful, breaches in recent history.”

Equifax breach: You can sue if your data was exposed; here's how

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of customers affected by a massive breach at Equifax.

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Officials with the Atlanta-based credit reporting and technology company said a “cyber security incident” may have exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers.

The data that might have been accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses.

>> Equifax reports massive data breach that could affect 143 million in U.S.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has partnered with a Florida firm for a class-action lawsuit. 

"This is not a windfall thing. These are real damages and real fears that folks have," he said. "There's no telling, but I guarantee you most of this information was auctioned off in just a matter of hours."

>> Equifax data breach: What to know

Barnes said that if you've been compromised, you are automatically a part of the class-action suit unless you opt out.

"You don't have to do anything. We have class representatives and there will come a time when we'll contact folks," he said. 

>> Equifax cyberattack: How to get a free credit report, protect your identity

He said he is going after what it takes to make things right. 

"What the money should be is what is necessary to hire someone to straighten out your credit so that you don't disrupt your life forever," he said. "And some money for the fact that (Equifax) negligently, and in violation of several federal statutes, allowed for this information to get out."

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Barnes said among many demands is that Equifax have its security audited, tested and trained and that the company purges information it doesn't need. 

WSB-TV's Nicole Carr visited the Clark Howard Consumer Action Center, where volunteers have received nearly three times their normal call volume with concerns about Equifax.

Volunteers said more than 500 calls came in Wednesday and 99 percent of them were about Equifax.

"I've been here for 20 years. This is the busiest day we've had," said Consumer Action Center volunteer Lori Silverman. 

She said volunteers are working to ease fears about the data breach. 

"Because 140 million people are trying to freeze their credit, the sites are crashing and they're unable to thaw their credit. That's a difficult situation to be in," she said. "We're recommending (everyone) hang tight. Hopefully, all of the hysteria will slowly go away and within the next couple of weeks you'll be able to freeze your credit."

The Consumer Action Center recommends you freeze your credit through Credit Karma. Equifax has rescinded fine print that kept consumers from suing them if they signed up for their free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. 

"Now they say they're backing off of that, but I would advise everybody: Do not interact with Equifax right now," Barnes said. 

Click here for Barnes' advice on what you should do.

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey brings job opportunities at FEMA to Texans

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Texan workers to help with the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey.

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The new hires will assist teams of local, state and federal workers, along with volunteers from charities and community groups already on the ground, TIME reported.

The agency will work alongside the Texas Workforce Commission to place qualified workers where they can offer the most aid. Each position pays between $14 and $34 per hour.

The positions available through the FEMA program include:

  • Administrative support assistant
  • Civil engineer
  • Communications specialist
  • Construction cost estimator
  • Courier
  • Crisis counselor
  • Customer service specialist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Floodplain management specialist
  • Graphics specialist
  • Hazard mitigation outreach specialist
  • Historic preservation specialist
  • Registered nurse
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Voluntary agency liaison

RELATED: FEMA to states: plan for climate change or lose federal aid

In a press statement announcing the program, FEMA officials said that the agency “gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and puts Texans to work helping Texans.”

One position that demonstrates that mission is the customer service specialist, who will “serve as the primary point of contact for persons inquiring about disaster assistance,” according to the FEMA website.

The duties for this position will also include “assisting disaster victims, processing claim requests for disaster assistance, and providing information regarding available programs to individuals applying for disaster assistance.”

The agency is also opening up positions in its “reservist” program. The “temporary, on-call and intermittent” positions include duties ranging from hazard mitigation and remediation to historic preservation to financial management.

Interested applicants can submit their resumes and applications through the Texas Workforce Commission website or through the FEMA website.

The agency will be announcing new job postings as they become available.

Equifax is waiving credit freeze fees for 30 days

Following the Equifax data breach that has potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans, money expert Clark Howard is urging everyone to freeze their credit.

Many people have said Equifax should pay for security freezes because the credit reporting agency created this giant mess.

Equifax temporarily drops credit freeze fees

Read more: Equifax hack: 5 things to expect when you freeze your credit

Now, several tweets from Equifax’s account on Monday confirm that the company will waive the fees for placing and removing security freezes, at least for now:

What happens after 30 days? We’ll have to wait and see. Clark said on the radio show that he would like to see Equifax pay for these fees over the long haul.

“I hope as the lawsuits come up with Equifax that one of the things they’re forced to do is reimburse all of us for the cost of credit freezes and thaws that we have to do for the rest of our lives,” Clark said.

Equifax’s data breach website doesn’t have any additional details on the fee waiver, as of Tuesday afternoon.

It’s important to point out that placing a credit freeze with Equifax isn’t enough. You will still likely need to pay a few bucks to complete the process with Experian and TransUnion.

I was able to freeze my credit with all three bureaus in 17 minutes using Clark’s step-by-step guide.

Read more: Credit Freeze Guide: The best way to protect yourself against identity theft

Woman shocked to find sign with racist slur at gas station

A woman in Albuquerque was taken aback by the sign she said was in the window of a Shell gas station Saturday.

The sign read, "Leave yesterday ... please (N-word)," with the derogatory term written out.

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Maria Meeks told KRQE she went into the gas station to ask employees about the sign. Meeks claims the employee she spoke to laughed and said they posted the sign to discourage a vagrant from hanging out in front of the business.

Meeks contacted Shell's corporate office, KRQE reported. A company spokesperson told KRQE it is investigating the matter and is filing a formal complaint. Shell said the gas stations are independently owned.

Apple unveils iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Original report: Apple is expected to unveil a redesigned iPhone on Tuesday at a product event scheduled at 10 a.m. PDT at its new headquarters in Cupertino, California, according to multiple reports.

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The unveiling will take place at the newly opened Steve Jobs Theater.

The anticipated phone would be unveiled a decade after Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs first introduced the world to the iPhone, according to The Associated Press

“(It) could also cost twice what the original iPhone did,” the AP reported, adding that the phone was expected to cost $1,000. “It would set a new price threshold for any smartphone intended to appeal to a mass market.”

Citing an information leak,  Bloomberg reported that the phone will be called the iPhone X. It will be one of three phones, including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, unveiled Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

>> Watch the product event from Steve Jobs Theater

The information leak was first reported by the Apple news site 9to5Mac. The site reported that the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are expected to have subtle improvements over the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but that the iPhone X is "the major new phone."

The iPhone X is expected to have numerous upgrades, including a larger, crisper OLED screen, improved cameras and a facial recognition system meant to replace Apple’s Touch ID, 9to5Mac reported.

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