Capital One Financial, a US bank, announced Monday that personal data from 106 million of its US and Canadian customers had been stolen. The alleged hacker, who used a loophole, was arrested in Seattle.
This is a large-scale data robbery suffered by the US bank Capitol One. The institution announced Monday, July 29, that personal data of 106 million of its US and Canadian customers had been stolen recently and that the hacker was apprehended by the Federal Police (FBI).
The institution "determined that an outsider had unauthorized access (to his network) and obtained some personal information," he said in a statement.
This data is from people "who have applied for credit card products or who want Capital One credit card," the source added.
About 100 million US citizens and nearly 6 million Canadians are affected, the firm said, adding that "neither credit card account numbers nor information to connect to bank accounts were stolen. more than 99% of social security numbers have not been compromised. "
Illegally obtained information includes names, addresses, postal codes, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, dates of birth or declared earnings.
The alleged hacker arrested in Seattle
The hacker, who used a flaw in a Capital One cloud computing server, also obtained partial information about credit card holders, such as their payment history or current account balance.
Approximately 140,000 client social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers were stolen.
For Canadian customers, almost one million insurance numbers have been hacked, says Capital One.
"We believe, based on our analysis, that it is unlikely that the stolen information was used to commit fraud or was disseminated by the individual, but we will continue to investigate," says Capital One. .
The bank, which says it cracked the breach on July 19, two days after being informed, said the piracy took place between March 12 and July 17 this year.
The alleged thief would be Paige Thompson. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she was arrested Monday by the FBI, according to a complaint filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ).