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Jennifer Athey

Capital One Hacked: 100 Million Accounts Compromised

Over 14 Years of Customer Data Stolen A hacker has been charged with exposing Capital One’s customer information including (but not limited to): 140,000 American social security numbers, 1 million Canadian social insurance numbers, 80,000 linked bank account information, credit scores, personal addresses, and more. The investigation for this case is still ongoing, meaning those numbers could be a lot higher than originally reported. The accused hacker, Paige Thompson, responsible for this data breach was a former software engineer for Amazon Web Services. Capital One was using Amazon’s cloud services which allowed Thompson direct access to millions of customers sensitive information. It is said that Thompson exploited a misconfigured web firewall application to gain access to the data. Capital One posted an official statement on 7/29/19 stating they have fixed the vulnerability that allowed the hacker to exploit their systems and steal this highly sensitive data. The alleged hacker Thompson was found posting the information and tools they used on sources such as Github, social media, and even popular chat application Slack. With over a decades worth of personal information now floating around the dark web, now’s a good time to review the steps you should take to protect your

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