The accused Thompson, former contractor of the company was arrested
Capital One’s, an institution for card issue and banking –the fifth largest institution in the US – 106 million customers got victimized of huge data breach. The Culprit named Paige A Thompson accessed the databases starting from March 2019 for a month and so. He managed to steal the information about the Customers applied for credit card between 2005 and 2019, as the company said. The culprit was arrested but the investigation is still in process.
The victimized users are form US (100 million) and Canadian (6 million). The stolen information includes names, date of birth, bank account numbers, insurance numbers, credit score details and even balance and its limits. However, logins, credit card numbers, social security numbers of most of the Customers are secured as what the company said.
“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.”
The Hacker worked as a Contractor for the company
The company came to know about the breach four month after the real incidence happened when GitHub posted on its platform on July 19th. The accused person was found to be working for the contractor of Capital One from 2015 to 2016, was also a former Amazon Web Service Software engineer. The hacker was charged $250, 000 fine and 5 years prison due the computer fraud in the US District Court on Monday.
Github posted the findings on July 17th which was seen by an anonymous source and reported to Capital One. The company then immediately starts investigation and alerts the users via press release statement. At present, it is not known whether the stolen data is secure. Many a people have faced corrupt credit scores and even identity theft.
FBI after investigating the Thompson’s house found a digital device and many footprints linked her to Capital One hack. She was successful because she is an expertise. The next hearing of this case is scheduled on 1st of August. Meanwhile, Capital one spends more on its security and already has spent $600 million year.