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10 Things To Know About The Ex-AWS Worker Who Allegedly Hacked Capital One

Here's a deeper look at how Paige A. Thompson, 33, is alleged to have stolen the personal data of 106 million Capital One credit card applicants and users and how she ultimately ended up being arrested by authorities.

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Catch Me If You Can

FBI agents Monday arrested Seattle software engineer Paige A. Thompson in connection with the spring 2019 breach of Capital One, which ended up exposing personal information from 106 million credit card applicants and customers in the U.S. and Canada.

A 12-page complaint against Thompson was filed by an FBI special agent Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, charging her with computing fraud and abuse. Several hours later, Capital One put out a statement acknowledging the breach and explaining how it's expected to impact the McLean, Va.-based banking giant. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Morn also issued a statement on the breach.

"Capital One quickly alerted law enforcement to the data theft—allowing the FBI to trace the intrusion," Morn said in a statement. "I commend our law enforcement partners who are doing all they can to determine the status of the data and secure it."

Here's a look at how federal prosecutors say Thompson hacked Capital One and how she ultimately ended up being arrested by authorities.

 
 
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