Capital One Data Breach Affects 100M U.S. Customers

The company said about 140,000 Social Security numbers were accessed, as well as 80,000 bank account numbers from its credit-card customers. Nearly 6 million customers in Canada were also affected by the breach.

by Chris Sheldon, NJ Advance Media Group / July 30, 2019
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(TNS) — About 100 million people in the U.S. were affected by a Capital One data breach after a Seattle woman broke into the bank’s server at a cloud-computing company, according to the bank and reports.

The woman, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of computer fraud appeared in federal court in Seattle, Bloomberg reported.

“The FBI has arrested the person responsible and that person is in custody,” Capital One said in a release. “Based on our analysis to date, we believe it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual. However, we will continue to investigate.”

Capital One said about 140,000 Social Security numbers were accessed, as well as 80,000 bank account numbers from its credit-card customers.

The largest category of information accessed by the woman charged with the crime was “information on consumers and small businesses as of the time they applied for one of our credit card products from 2005 through early 2019,” according to Capital One.

“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, Chairman and CEO. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”

Nearly 6 million Capital One customers in Canada were also affected by the breach.

Thompson faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Bloomberg reported.

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