Capital One Breach Impacts 106M Customers

What’s In Your Wallet, May Now Be In Someone Else’s

One of the largest credit institutions, Capital One, identified a security vulnerability within their network on July 19. It was this vulnerability that exposed over 106 million Capital One consumers. Although the investigations are not over, certain details have been confirmed.

The security breach occurred between March and July 2019 and impacted approximately 100 million U.S. and 6 million Canadian customers, with the information exposed including Social Security numbers, credit balances, and credit scores. To date, it is not believed the data leaked has been used maliciously. However, the company is offering free credit reporting services to all who have been impacted.

The alleged perpetrator was traced back to Seattle. The individual, who goes by Paige A. Thompson, has since been arrested and is facing computer fraud and abuse charges. If found guilty, Thompson could face up to five years in prison with fines up to $250,000.

Capital One chairman and CEO, Richard D. Fairbank issued the following statement to CBS News,

“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened. I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”

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24 thoughts on “Capital One Breach Impacts 106M Customers

  1. @Brian B – even if you were not intentionally trying to get political, your digs against our country are not veiled in any way and your own political sway seems obvious based on the snide comments. You are entitled to your own opinion but I’m always amazed at how much other people trash our country verbally and yet take everything that we have to offer while back handing us. I’m not saying that you are necessarily one of those but I have seen it when others didn’t know my citizenship. Just like you could care less about our election in 2016, I could care less about your thoughts on our president or the very real omission of factual information by major networks because of political bias; and for the record, I have no party affiliation but can call a spade a spade when I see it.
    and so…
    On this Capital One topic – What do people expect when they freely give out their personal information at every turn and companies pass around our social security numbers (amidst all of the rest of our info), like appetizers at a party. Our legislators don’t seem to have a problem either, with people illegally here stealing them to function in society. Until that changes, we will continue to have problems.
    There are no consequences, as others have said. Until those that commit crimes are deterred out of fear of how it will impact them, nothing will change. It doesn’t matter what country you consider; when there is a breakdown in values, it becomes a societal issue. By allowing criminals to go unpunished, awarding law breaking behavior, enabling grifters and drifters on streets within cities that prey on the population as a whole, you create a subculture within civilized society. It has to stop.

  2. @ Rick Harris
    Since when has pointing out a demonstrable fact become a political statement? Maybe your media is censored over there, and you didn’t see it. Oh, wait a minute, it must be the famous fake news I saw.

  3. @ Don Burch
    You are correct, I do not recognise any difference between your government carrying out a cyber attack on another country, and then that country carrying out the same attack on your country’s citizens. Trouble is, some people just can’t get their head around that.

    As for your 2016 election, I am not as citizen of the US, therefore I didn’t vote, and couldn’t give a toss who won. You seem to make an awful lot of assumptions in your post.

  4. I did three things. 1. Paid off balance. 2. Stopped using Capital One card. 3. Changed my log in credential. I am considering a next step – cancel the account entirely.

  5. He should be given the minimum sentence times 100,000,000 or whatever the number of accounts that were breached served consecutively in max security prison. Maybe that will make the next guy think twice about doing the same thing.

  6. Everything is wrong with our laws Dan G!! Every single night in Chicago, there is violent carjackings, shootings, murders, home invasions. ALL should be met with minimum(!) of 20 years…..except murders which should call for immediate execution, except in proven self defense circumstances! If these low-lifes who commit all of these types of crimes….violent and non-violent were deathly afraid of the penalties…..crime would diminish substantially! Instead we have these maggots and punks being turned back on the street in matters of hours, days and months…..even PURPOSELY by corrupt states attorneys to keep the peace with the “so-called community” who support their undisciplined trash kids running around robbing and killing!

    • “ALL should be met with minimum(!) of 20 years…..except murders which should call for immediate execution,”
      Agree. Then we need to secure our borders so we don’t waste so much time chasing foreign drug dealers, human traffickers and MS-13 gang members.

  7. This person ruined many lives, especially the elderly who possibly scrimped & saved, just to have it all taken away in a flash. Yes, I agree, laws need to be changed to ruin their lives also !! 30 years minimum & a fine of all the money they stole & if they can’t pay, a life sentence, period.

  8. Capital One has had a pretty robust security policy in the past. Often calling on suspect purchases. Appreciate their concern. Now the question is how has this hurt the card holders/

  9. Brian B. You must be a millennial . You certainly do not recognize the difference between harming individual citizens and national security and you still cannot get over 2016 election. Sad.

  10. There needs to be a set up as the caller id on the phone, so that when any one tries to breach/hack in
    their place and identity is known,…… NOW It just might make a lot of people think about wanting to
    do this

  11. Five years in prison???? Not nearly enough. No wonder we read about these breaches ad nauseum. Still, if you have your country’s leader threatening to do the same on a country to country basis, to anyone he doesn’t like, what can you expect?

    • Stuxnet set the Iranians back a few years in their quest to threaten the world with nuclear Armageddon. That was 10 years ago. They don’t have a bomb yet that we know of. Maybe they will buy one from N. Korea.

  12. I was charged 5 different times and told Capital One about it and because I have no way of a phone call to them they kept the charges on my bill and said to take it up will the place that was charged…I did exactly that and sent Capital One the chat we had online and as of today still havent heard from them and I have to pay for stuff I never charged. I’m very disappointed with Capital One.

  13. ” If found guilty, Thompson could face up to five years in prison with fines up to $250,000.”

    Not bloody good enough.

    • Capital One reported they have been notified all impacted customers. However as best practice, you should change your log in credentials if you use their online platform. Also, keep an eye on your statement for any unauthorized activity.

      • Is Capital One Going to offer to pay for a program like Life Lock to its customers like me? I feel that it could happen that the hacker from Seattle could do something to all our accounts later on? She will get bail and she is a hacker , so beware of your accounts with Capital One!

    • Why is this person only, only if convicted only receiving 5 years & up to $ 250,000 fine. What is wrong with our laws to impose such a small sentence or fine when this person is causing all this havoc??????

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