In one of the biggest data breaches ever, a Seattle woman gained access to more than 100-million Capital One accounts and applications. The Department of Justice accuses Paige Thompson of breaking into a Capital One server and gaining access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.
Capital One reports the hack occurred in March and the company says it has fixed the vulnerability in its system. Capital One adds it is, “unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual.” Capital One is still investigating.
Capital One adds the breach affected around 100 million people in the United States and about 6 million people in Canada. However, “no credit card account number or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99% of Social Security numbers were not compromised,” according to the company.
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