On Monday, Capital One revealed that a hacker had successfully stolen personal data from over 100 million customers. The FBI has arrested the suspected hacker Paige Thompson, 33, a software engineer from Seattle on charges of computer fraud and abuse, according to CNET. If you applied for a credit card from the third largest credit card issuer in the US within 2005 to 2019 your personal information is likely part of the breach, Capital One stated on their website. More specifically at least 140,000 US Social Security Numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers, and 80,000 bank account numbers were taken.
While Capital One publicly stated, “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised” the breach did include names, addresses, email addresses, zip codes, and phone numbers. A hacker could use any and all of that data to earn a quick payday. Capital One alerted authorities to the breach on July 19, but according to court documents prosecutors believe Thompson was stealing information from March 12 to July 17. It would be safe to assume your data has most likely already been exposed and circulated to any scammers or other hackers.
Capital One, Equifax, Marriott, Target, and Home Depot are all huge companies who have recently been exposed of having faulty cyber security. It’s time to take preventative measures over your personal data because it seems almost every week a new company has been hacked.