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100 Million Credit Card Accounts Leaked In One of the Largest Hacks in North America

Capital One cardholders and banking customers, be on the lookout for communication from the company about a massive data breach — one of the largest ever to happen. Earlier this year, a hacker broke into Capital One’s systems and gained information for more than 100 million customers in North America.

What’s in your wallet? Someone named Paige, apparently. Earlier this year, hacker Paige Thompson broke into Capital One’s systems and gained a massive amount of information: about 140,000 social security numbers, a million Canadian Social Insurance numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers, plus more information on customers including names, addresses, credit scores, credit limits, balances, and more. Thirty-three-year-old Thompson then went and tried to share the information online. She was arrested on Monday.

The information contained in the hack dates back to 2005 and includes old credit card applications. It was accessed thanks to a misconfigured firewall, a vulnerability that has since been fixed. Capital One doesn’t believe the information was disseminated or used in a fraudulent way.

“I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right,” Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank said in a statement, reported by CNN Business. The company also noted, “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised.”

In the coming weeks, Capital One will be contacting affected customers. They’ll be providing free identity protection and credit monitoring, and are expected to incur between $100 million and $150 million in costs related to the event.

 

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ILuvParis July 31, 2019

I haven't seen a story yet that is clear about who needs to be concerned. I have a Cap One credit card, but I've had it for years and well before 2005. Most stories seem to suggest that the hacked information is from credit card applications from 2005 and subsequently. This story says that it INCLUDES credit card applications.

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chrisny2 July 31, 2019

Your headline is wrong. "140,000 social security numbers" as the article says.