Hiring a fox to guard the henhouse? Probably a bad idea. But hiring him and then giving him the key? Worse. A man in Northbrook, Illinois, claims he hired identity-protection outfit Equifax to protect him against an identity thief who had racked up fraudulent charges on his Capital One credit card. Equifax, claims Bruce, then turned around and inadvertently sent all his most private credit and financial data to that same thief.