The capital of A data breach exposed information from 106M clients and candidates; suspect arrested

to connectVideoCapital A announced a massive data breach

The breach exposed information on more than 100 million credit card clients and candidates.

Capital One Financial Corp., the fifth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer, said on Monday that a hacker can gain access to the personal information of about 106 million card customers and applicants, and is one of the largest-ever security breach of a major bank.

The announcement came on the same day the alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested by federal agents in Seattle.

The majority of the subject information refers to information that customers and small businesses in their application for a Capital One credit card from 2005 until the beginning of 2019, the bank said. The information included addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income.


The breach affected approximately 140,000 Social Security numbers, and up to 80 000 numbers, bank account numbers, as well as a number of customers ‘ credit scores and transaction data, according to the bank.

Mrs. Thompson was a former employee of Amazon Web Services, Inc., the cloud-computing business, a division of Inc., according to the people familiar with the matter. The criminal complaint said, Ms. Thompson’s resume showed she had worked for in a cloud-computing company in which the government does not identify, by name, as a systems engineer from 2015 to 2016.

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