Capital One says the information of more than 100 million people in the US and Canada have been hacked

(Reuters) – Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N) said on Monday that personal information, such as names and addresses of the approximately 100 million people in the United States, and 6 million people in Canada have been obtained by a hacker who has been arrested.

FILE PHOTO: the logo and The ticker for the share Capital is to be shown on a display on the first floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, New York, USA, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The suspect, a 33-year-old, Seattle-the technology company the software engineer, identified as Paige Thompson made her first appearance in the U. s. District Court in Seattle on Monday, the U.s. Attorney’s office said.

According to a complaint filed in the united states District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, and mr. Thompson and posted the information on her in the hack, which occurred between March 12th and 17th of July on the coding platform GitHub. Another user saw the post, and to the knowledge Capital of the offense.

Law enforcement officials were able to track Thompson down to the page they were posted, it contained his full name as part of the digital address, the complaint said. Capital One said it identified for using the hack on the 19th of July.

A representative for the U.s. Attorney’s office said it was not immediately clear what the suspect’s motive was.

The incident is expected to cost between $100 million and $150 million in 2019, mainly because of the customer notification, credit monitoring, and legal support of Capital One, said.

The attacker does not have access to credit card numbers, but about 140,000 Social Security numbers, and up to 80 000 a linked bank account numbers were compromised, Capital One said. Any other personal information to be accessed is included with the phone numbers and credit scores.

Approximately 1 million social insurance numbers from the Canadian credit-card customers, were also affected.

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In the Capital, A hacker was able to gain access to the data, due to an improperly configured web application firewall, as the U. s. Attorney’s office said.

The Credit-reporting company Equifax Inc (EFX.(N) said last week it would pay up to $700 million to settle claims it broke the law during 2017, in a data breach and when, about 147 million people, including Social Security numbers, and driver’s license information is at risk.

Capital One shares fell about 4 percent in late extended trading.

Reporting Uday Sampath, Bengaluru; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Peter Cooney

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