A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One’s accounts and credit card applications in the data breach happened earlier this year. Paige Thompson is a hacker who broke into Capital Ones’ server. She gained access to a total of 140,000 social security numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers, and 1 million Canadian social insurance numbers.

Officials didn’t disclose some people’s details but these people also fell prey to this breaching.  A criminal complaint has been filed against Thompson and according to that, she shared information among other people on the internet. Thompson is a 33-year-old hacker. She is an ex-employee of a cloud tech company which hosts data of Capital One. He is from Seattle.

Misconfigured Web Application Firewall Helped In Hacking

100 Million Capital One Accounts are Hacked in Recent Data Breach
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Thompson made use of misconfigured web application firewall. She exploited it and used it to gain access to the customers’ details. Police arrested Thompson on Monday. Media people tried to get in touch with Thompson’s attorney but that person wasn’t available to comment.

Capital One said that this hacking occurred on March 22 and 23. The company said that they fixed the vulnerability immediately and an individual can’t use the details for some fraudulent tasks. However, they are still investigating the details.

Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank said that he is very sorry for the mishap occurred and he is committed to making this entire thing right. However, the company said that none of the credit card details or login credentials of the website is compromised. Nearly 99% of the social security numbers are still safe.

Thompson posted all the details on GitHub under her own name. This is something that is raising so many suspicions. She also posted on Twitter that she will distribute all the social security numbers online along with names and date of births.


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