Capital One Data Hacked Affects 100 Million People, Hacker Arrest

Capital One Data HackedCapital One Data Hacked Affects 100 Million people were exposed to a massive data breach. Capital One, the largest U.S. credit-card issuer, and banking institution has. Capital One has recently suffered massive data that includes payment history, balances, credit scores, transaction data and for some linked bank accounts.

“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.”

However, A ethical hacker responsibly published the vulnerability to Capital One her GitHub account on July 17th, 2019 after that The data breach that happened on March 22nd and 23rd this year allowed attackers to steal information of customers who had applied for a credit card between 2005 and 2019 details unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual “Capital One said ”  However, the company is still investigating.

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The largest category of information accessed 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. This information included personal information Capital One routinely collects at the time it receives credit card applications, including names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income.

Beyond the credit card application data, the individual also obtained portions of credit card customer data, including:

  • Customer status data, e.g., credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information
  • Fragments of transaction data from a total of 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018

No bank account numbers or Social Security numbers were compromised, other than:

  • About 140,000 Social Security numbers of our credit card customers
  • About 80,000 linked bank account numbers of our secured credit card customers

For our Canadian credit card customers, approximately 1 million Social Insurance Numbers were compromised in this incident.

The FBI Arrested the Hacker Arrest

The Fbi arrested Paige Thompson a.k.a erratic, 33, and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the stolen data in connection, Paige Thompson a former Amazon software engineer who worked for a Capital One contractor from 2015 to 2016.

“I’ve basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, f*cking dropping capital ones dox and admitting it. I wanna distribute those buckets I think first. There are ssns… with full names and dob,” a Twitter direct message sent from Thompson reads. A screenshot of the message was included in the court documents.

“According to the criminal complaint, THOMPSON posted on the information sharing site GitHub about her theft of information from the servers storing Capital One data,” the DOJ announcement stated. “The intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data.  On July 17, 2019.

After resolving on July 19, 2019, that there had been an intrusion into its data, Capital One contacted the FBI.  Cyber investigators were able to identify THOMPSON as the person who was posting about data fraud and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the stolen data.

The Court Documents here