Published: Wed, July 31, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Capital One data breach leaves 100 million vulnerable

Capital One data breach leaves 100 million vulnerable

"Based on our analysis to date, we believe it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual", Fairbank said.

Based on Thompson's posts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined she meant to "disseminate data stolen from victim entities, starting with Capital One".

Based on analysis by the company, that includes around 100 million people in the US and 6 million in Canada.

Dickson said it was "absolutely earth-shattering" that an individual attacker could gain access to that much data at one of the largest United States financial institutions.

The tip that alerted Capital One to its data breach. The U.S. financial institution, which is one of the world's largest issuers of credit cards, said more specific details on how this will impact customers will be shared over the next few days.

Any consumer or small business who applied for a credit card in the past 14 years (2005 to early 2019).

Personal information including names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income was obtained in the hack. Thompson once worked for Amazon Web Services, which hosted the Capitol One database that was breached.

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Capital One has announced a major breach of customers' personal data, affecting over 100 million Americans and a further six million in Canada. "I've basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, fucking dropping capital ones dox and admitting it", she said in one message to an unnamed user on Twitter last month.

Paige Thompson, 33, was caught by Seattle authorities after leaving an extensive digital footprint of her alleged crime on the Internet, including boasting about it on the Internet, authorities said.

"The intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data", a statement by the USA attorney's office in Washington said.

"According to Capital One, that data includes approximately 120,000 Social Security Numbers and approximately 77,000 bank account numbers". The applications also included "portions of credit card customer data" including credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information and "fragments of transaction data".

Capital One has stated that it plans to offer free creditor monitoring and identity protection to customers affected by the breach but that may take some time to come into effect, setting up your own now may be a faster and safer solution.

While Thompson used a VPN and The Onion Router (TOR) exit nodes to hide her activities on S3, she posted files related to the illegal data access on open source code repositories Github and Gitlab using accounts bearing her full name according to FBI investigators. The company expects to incur between $100 million and $150 million in costs related to the hack, including customer notifications, credit monitoring, tech costs and legal support due to the hack.

When FBI agents arrested her and searched her home, they seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the stolen data, as well as data of "other entities that may have been the targets of attempted or actual network intrusion".

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