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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

Monopoly Guy Sitting Behind Chairman Smith at the Senate Equifax Hearings

Mascot from the boardgame Monopoly is photobombing the hearings


October 9, 2017

Mascot from the boardgame Monopoly is photobombing the hearings

Mascot from the boardgame Monopoly is photobombing the hearings on Equifax's massive data breach. Sitting behind Chairman Richard Smith is a dude in a monocle, bushy white moustache and top hat. The clincher is Smith doesn't seem to notice.

In September 2017, Equifax announced a cyber-security breach, which it claims to have occurred between mid-May and July 2017, where cybercriminals accessed approximately 145.5 million U.S. Equifax consumers' personal data, including their full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers. Equifax also confirmed at least 209,000 consumers' credit card credentials were taken in the attack. The company claims to have discovered evidence of the cybercrime event on July 29, 2017. Residents in the United Kingdom and Canada were also impacted.

Monopoly is a board game where players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game-board buying and trading properties, and then develop them with houses and hotels. Players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them all into bankruptcy. Money can also be gained or lost through Chance and Community Chest cards, and tax squares; players can end up in jail, which they cannot move from until they have met one of several conditions. The game has numerous house rules and hundreds of different editions exist, in addition to many spin-offs and related media; Monopoly has become a part of popular world culture, having been locally licensed in more than 103 countries and printed in more than thirty-seven languages.


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