Capital One Data Breach Compromises Personal Financial Data of 106+ Million

Capital One said Monday that data from more than 100 million US and 6 million Canadian consumers had been stolen by a hacker. 

The personal information of those who applied for a Capital One credit card between 2005 through 2019 is likely part of the breach, Capital One said in a statement released Monday. The data includes roughly 140,000 Social Security numbers and about 80,000 bank account numbers. The hacker also stole about 1 million Canadian social insurance numbers in the breach.

Capitol One added that "no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised" and that more than 99 percent of the Social Security numbers that Capital One has on file weren't affected. The breach did, however, include names, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and birthdates -- all valuable assets that hackers can use to steal from victims.

Federal prosecutors in Seattle have charged a 33-year-old software engineer with computer fraud and abuse alleging that she was behind the hack, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. The hacker is in custody.

This incident comes in the wake of Equifax’s settlement with the FTC over its 2017 data breach. That breach involved the Social Security numbers and home addresses of nearly 148 million Americans.  

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