(Reuters) — Capital One stated on Monday that private info together with names and addresses of about 100 million people in the US and 6 million folks in Canada have been obtained by a hacker who has been arrested.
The suspect, a 33-year-old former Seattle know-how firm software program engineer recognized as Paige Thompson, made her preliminary look in U.S. District Court docket in Seattle on Monday, the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace stated.
In accordance with a grievance filed within the District Court docket for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, Thompson posted info from her hack, which occurred between March 12 and July 17, on coding platform GitHub. One other person noticed the publish and notified Capital One of many breach.
Regulation enforcement officers have been capable of monitor Thompson down because the web page she posted on contained her full identify as a part of its digital deal with, the grievance stated. Capital One stated it recognized the hack on July 19.
A consultant for the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace stated it was not instantly clear what the suspect’s motive was.
The incident is predicted to price between $100 million and $150 million in 2019, primarily due to buyer notifications, credit score monitoring, and authorized assist, Capital One stated.
The hacker didn’t achieve entry to bank card account numbers, however about 140,000 Social Safety numbers and 80,000 linked checking account numbers have been compromised, Capital One stated. Different private info accessed included cellphone numbers and credit score scores.
About 1 million social insurance coverage numbers of the corporate’s Canadian bank card clients have been additionally compromised.
The Capital One hacker was capable of achieve entry to the info by means of a misconfigured internet utility firewall, the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace stated.
Credit score-reporting firm Equifax stated final week it will pay as much as $700 million to settle claims it broke the legislation throughout a 2017 knowledge breach when roughly 147 million folks had info, together with Social Safety numbers and driver’s license knowledge, compromised.
Capital One shares fell 4% in late prolonged buying and selling.