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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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3. Thompson Allegedly Accessed Social Security And Bank Account Numbers

The data copied from Capital One's folders or buckets in the breach includes 1 million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers, 140,000 U.S. Social Security numbers, and 80,000 linked bank account numbers of Capital One customers, the company said.

Consumers and small businesses that applied for a Capital One credit card between 2005 and early 2019 had their name, address, ZIP code/postal code, phone number, email address, date of birth, and self-reported income accessed by Thompson, according to the company. Roughly 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million people in Canada were affected by the breach, according to Capital One.

Although Capital One typically encrypts its data, the company said the circumstances of the hack also enabled the decrypting of data. However, Capital One said highly sensitive data fields such as Social Security numbers and account numbers were also tokenized, meaning that information in the field was substituted with a cryptographically generated replacement.

 
 
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