The personal information of an estimated 100 million people has been exposed following a massive data breach at credit card giant Capital One. The suspected hacker is in federal custody .
It’s one of the largest reported data breaches ever.
Capital One alerted authorities after receiving a random e-mail tip from an internet user who says they saw the suspect talking about the stolen information online.
This morning a 33-year-old former software engineer from Seattle — is accused of stealing a vast amount of customer information from Capital One.
According to a criminal complaint Paige Thompson obtained the data — by accessing a server rented by Capital One and then posted it to an information sharing site.
She’s been charged with computer fraud and abuse.
The breach… exposed the personal information of an estimated 100 million people in the US and another 6 million in Canada.
That includes information on consumers and small businesses who applied for a Capital One credit card product between 2005 and 2019.
Customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and some parts of customers’ credit history
Capital One insists that no credit card account numbers or log-in information was exposed.
but they do say that 140-thousand social security numbers were put at risk..
along with 80-thousand bank account numbers.
Capital One’s CEO issued a statement saying “While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened. I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”
This latest breach comes just one week after credit-reporting company Equifax settled with the government for a record 650 million dollars… after a 2017 data breach exposed the personal information of nearly 150 million people.
Capital One says they will notify affected individuals… and make free credit monitoring and identity protection available to those impacted.