(WTNH) – Capital One announced in a press release on Monday that the company discovered unauthorized access by an outside person who "obtained certain types of personal information about people who had applied for their credit card products and to Capital One credit card customers" 22. and March 23, 2019.
This breach was discovered by an external security researcher on July 19, 2019, which was then brought in for an internal investigation through Capital One.
Over 100 million individuals in the United States in the category of consumers and small businesses who applied for the company's credit card from 2005 through 201
Capital One has stated that in addition to the credit card application data, the individual has also obtained portions of credit card customer data, including:
Customer status data, such as credit points, credit limits, balance, payment history, contact information:
Fragments data from total transaction 23 during 2016, 2017 and 2018
Approximately 140,000 social security card numbers for our credit card customers
About 80,000 associated bank account numbers for our secured credit card customers
People affected will be contacted and free credit reporting and identity protection will be offered to the the customers.
The FBI has arrested the responsible 33-year-old Paige Thompson, a former Seattle-based software engineer, who, according to the Department of Justice, "posted information on the GitHub sharing site about her theft of information from the servers storing Capital One data."
At this time, Capital One has stated that they "believe it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or dissemination by this person." However, officials are continuing the investigation at this time.
For more information on the breach, visit: www.capitalone.com/facts2019 Chapter19659013]