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Capital One Data Breach Exposes More Than 100 Million Customers

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Published on July 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s

Capital One Data Breach Exposes More Than 100 Million Customers

Capital One Data Breach Exposes More Than 100 Million Customers.

In a statement released on July 29, Capital One revealed there had been unauthorized access to their servers by an "outside individual.".

The hacker, identified as Paige Thompson, was a previous employee of Amazon Web Services.

According to the FBI, she was able to access Capital One’s data through a web browser's misconfigured firewall.

Thompson gained access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.

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An undisclosed number of people also had their personal information such as names, addresses and credit scores obtained by Thompson.

In total, 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada were affected by the breach.

Capital One will reportedly notify all those who were affected and expects to incur at least $100 million in costs related to the hack.

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