Hacker Arrested After Data Breach In Capital One
Capital One, a financial services agency, disclosed that it recently became a victim to data breach which compromised the personal information of around 106 million clients all over the United States as well as Canada. The news alarmed large companies and even a theft lawyer condemned the action.
An arrest was already done by the authority after the hacker who is called Paige Thompson posted about what he allegedly did online.
According to Capital One, the personal information stolen included names of the individuals who signed up to avail their products including their phone numbers and their addresses. The firm clarified that the account numbers of their credit card are safe since the hacker was not able to get access to it. Experts said that it is the biggest data breach that has happened in the history of banking.
Capital One is known to be one of the leading issuers of credit cards in the United States and it also manages a number of retail banks. In a statement, the company said that the data breach impacts around a million clients in the United States and about six million individuals in Canada. Furthermore, the statement revealed that 140,000 clients have compromised social security numbers while 80,000 people who have connected their bank accounts are also affected.
For clients of Capital One in Canada, around one million have compromised social insurance numbers linked to their credit cards. The hack was said to have occurred on July 19, 2019. Other information was accessed by the hacker such as the payment history, credit scores, contact information balances and limits.
Capital One believes that the information will not be used for fraud but they will conduct an investigation regarding the matter. They are also sending notifications to all customers who are affected and they will be given free services such as identity protection and credit monitoring. This case should not be taken lightly according to a theft lawyer because it impacts the security of more than a million customers not just in the United States but also in Canada.