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Capital One data breach affects 100m customers

Capital One data breach affects 100m customers

Jul 30, 2019 - 15:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  Information of more than 100 million customers has been compromised as a result of a massive data breach of America’s Capital One bank by a hacker.

Major international media outlets reported on Tuesday the breach exposed information from more than 100 million credit applications over a 14-year period.

"Based on our analysis to date, this event affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada," Capital One said in a statement.

Personal information, including Social Security numbers of about 140,000 credit card customers, about 80,000 linked bank account numbers of secured credit card customers and around a million social insurance numbers of the bank's Canadian credit card users, was compromised.

The hacker breached credit card application information of consumers and small businesses from 2005 through early 2019, the statement added.

Names, addresses, zip codes or postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income are part of the information compromised.

The bank said other personal information, like credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information and fragments of transaction data, was also compromised.

According to the Virginia-based bank, "no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised … over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised."

The US Department of Justice, meanwhile, announced the arrest of Paige Thompson, a 33-year-old former software engineer, in connection with the big-time data breach.

The Washington Post reported the FBI has arrested the Seattle area woman, Paige A. Thompson, on the charge of computer fraud and abuse.

Capital One found vulnerability in its system on July 19, two days after receiving an email alerting it that some of its data had appeared on Github.

Capital One CEO Richard D. Fairbank said: "I sincerely apologise for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected, and I am committed to making it right."

The bank estimated the incident might lead to incremental costs of about 100 to 150 million dollars in 2019, mostly driven by customer notifications, credit monitoring, technology costs and legal support.




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