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The authorities claim to be a Seattle software engineer and has been responsible for hacking into Capital One and the personal information of more than 100 million people, in what appears to be one of the biggest breaches of a major bank in the past.
Paige Thompson, 33, was caught in Seattle, and the authorities, leaving a detailed digital footprint of her alleged crime on the Internet, which rely on the Internet, authorities said. She is now charged with one count of computer fraud and abuse.
THE CAPITAL OF A DATA BREACH EXPOSED INFORMATION FROM 106M CLIENTS AND CANDIDATES; SUSPECT ARRESTED
Capital One said Monday that Thompson, who, according to the FBI complaint also goes by the handle “irregular” – was given to information, including the credit ratings and the balance including the social security numbers of about 140,000 customers, the bank said.
In this July 16, 2019, one photo, a man walks around the streets of the Capital, One located in San Francisco, california. Capital One says that a hacker gained access to the personal information of more than 100 million people, the claims of the credit.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The battle is a total hit of about 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada. The bank is offering free credit monitoring services to those affected.
The bank said that it found out about the vulnerability of the system to the 19th of July, and immediately sought help from law enforcement to catch the perpetrator.
The FBI said that some of the information that has been obtained from the bank), appeared on the code hosting site GitHub on July 17, a month before that, a Twitter user who went by “irregular,” and sent to another user to send a message to Slack reports on the distribution of the bank’s data, which includes names, dates of birth, and social security numbers.
“I’ve tied myself up with a bomb vest, (expletive), are property of those dox, and to give it to,” the message said. “I would like to distribute some buckets, I think it’s the first one.”
“I’ve tied myself up with a bomb vest, (expletive), are property of those dox, and to give it to. I would like to distribute some buckets, I think it’s the first one.”
A message allegedly sent by the ” hacker
MILLIONS OF BULGARIANS’ PERSONAL DATA HACKED; RUSSIAN, THE LINK IS SUSPICIOUS
Thompson, a former employee of Amazon Web Services, didn’t try to hide the fact that they are a “hacker”, the New York Times reported. It is listed as an organizer of the hacker group in a social network, Meetup.
“I’ve been meaning to put together something like a ‘hack night’, or somethng soon,” she wrote on May 13, according to the newspaper.
“It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks, and my cat had to go to the vet everyday last week, but she is finally starting to recover, possibly Wednesday, on capitol hill? I put in a full day at the starbucks until they close, and I’e got nothing better to do,” she added.
The researchers say that they have checked Thompson’s profile after she posted a photo of a bill, which they had gotten from the vet looking after her pets.
The bank said that most of the compromised data consists of information that consumers and small businesses who have signed up for the cards between 2005 and 2019. The data also exposes phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income.
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“I am pleased that the perpetrator has been caught, and I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Capital One CEO Richard D. Fairbank. “I sincerely apologize for bringing men to an understanding of it incident, it must be so patient, and I am committed to making it right.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.