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Capital One hacked, information belonging to innumerable customers in USA, Canada exposed


A data breach of a massive scale unseen before enabled a hacker acquire admission into over 100m accounts along with applications for credit cards of Capital One customers previously in 2019. Capital One Financial Corp. declared the said breach on July 29.


Information stolen during the hack included e-mail ids, birth dates, ZIP codes, balances and scores on individual credit cards, payments and income details the consumers reported, portions of data on purchases and sales, as well as Social Security Numbers (SSN) belonging to approximately 140K consumers and 80,000 A/C numbers with banks from consumers holding credit cards.


Alongside the theft of innumerable applications for credit card, Capital One said the hack hijacked 1m Social Insurance Numbers of Canadians the counterpart of SSN for Americans.


As of the present, Capital One has said its plans include informing each and every one impacted with the breach as well as to offer identity protection and credit monitoring facilities for free to its clients. It was reportedly after ten days of the breach's finding that the company made the declaration and also stated it had taken help of FBI for catching the culprit.


Capital One's chief executive Richard Fairbank expressing his gratitude for the arrest of the perpetrator said he was, however, extremely unhappy at what had happened. He therefore sincerely regretted the concerns caused from the incident which he promised he would set right, he declared. www.vox.com posted this, July 30, 2019.


The person accused for infiltrating a server of Capital One, Ms. Paige Thompson attempted at sharing the stolen data with others. Ms. Thompson, 33, and a resident of Seattle was an erstwhile software engineer at certain tech company where she worked for Amazon Web Services, which hosted the cloud, and one which Capital One was utilizing, DOJ (Department-of-Justice) stated. The company is an organizer of Seattle Warez Kiddies, a gathering which welcomes anyone who appreciates programming, distributed systems, brute force breaking, and hacking.


After investigation by FBI, the agent declared within court documents how Paige Thompson had acquired admission into the sensitive database via wrong configuration of certain firewall on an app online.


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