News Roundup: Capital One hit with huge data breach affecting over 100 million people
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News Roundup: Capital One hit with huge data breach affecting over 100 million people

Capital One breached

When it comes to cybersecurity breaches, there's certainly a broad scale of severity. Some breaches only affect a few customers and can be patched up and rectified within a day, while others are quite a bit more serious. Capital One was certainly at the latter end of the scale this week, as they announced that 100 million US individuals, along with 6 million in Canada, were affected in a massive data breach.

According to a press release from the card issuer, the largest category of maliciously accessed information was related to consumers and small businesses who applied for credit cards between 2005 and early 2019. The snatched data includes personal information from credit card applications, including names, addresses, zip/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income.

Other breached material included (all approximate) 140,000 social security numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers, 1 million insurance numbers of Canadian customers, as well as credit scores and limits, payment history, balances, and contact information. Captial One says no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were swiped, and less than 1% of Social Security numbers were compromised. The company has offered free credit monitoring and identity services to everyone affected, and says it will use a variety of channels to inform affected customers, although there is currently no way to proactively check whether you have been affected.

The FBI has arrested Paige Thompson, a former AWS software engineer, in relation to the incident. Thompson is well-known in the hacker community and reportedly bragged about hacking the company more than six weeks before the arrest.

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Patrick Martlew is a technology enthusiast and editorial guru that works the digital enterprise beat in London. After making his tech writing debut in Sydney, he has now made his way to the UK where he works to cover the very latest trends and provide top-grade expert analysis.

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