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Hackers get data from 106 million customers of the American bank Capital One

The suspect allegedly previously worked in the cloud service Amazon, where the bank stored customer data.

Hackers broke into the bases of the American bank Capital One and gained access to 106 million credit cards, thousands of social security numbers and bank accounts. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Hackers gained access to credit card information issued from 2005 to 2019. The hacking affected 140 thousand social insurance numbers, 80 thousand bank accounts, as well as credit histories, statements, addresses, dates of birth and income levels of bank customers.

Police arrested 33-year-old Paige Thompson from Seattle, Wash., On suspicion of committing a crime. She was charged with filing fraud, in particular, bypassing the protection of Capital One in order to gain access to personal data of users. The bank kept them on the Amazon Web Services cloud service.

According to the sources of the publication, before Thompson worked at Amazon Web Services. In the criminal case, it is stated that from 2015 to 2016 she occupied the position of systems specialist in the cloud computing service, the name of which the state did not indicate.

Representatives of the bank believe that the data were unlikely to be distributed or used for fraudulent purposes. The investigation believes that Thompson was going to publish information on the network. The bank estimated the damage from hacking at 100-150 million dollars.

A similar data leak incident occurred in September 2017 with Equifax, a credit institution. Hackers managed to access personal data of 147 million Americans. After that, the company’s shares fell by 6%. In July 2019, the company promised toallocate $ 700 million to eliminate the effects of the leak.

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