A hacker has stolen credit card applications, social security numbers, and bank account information The bank announced Monday that more than 100 million people are affected by Capital One's server. According to New York Times reports, the authorities arrested a suspect, Seattle software developer Paige Thompson, after reporting the incident on social media.
"I was basically strapped into a bomb vest, dropped the capital Dox and admitted," Thompson said allegedly at Slack on July 19, according to the New York Times. There, Thompson led a group called Seattle Warez Kiddies for "someone with a taste for distributed systems, programming, hacking, and cracking." From then on, they tracked their online activity to other accounts on Twitter and Slack, where they allegedly boasted about the hack.
Thompson has been charged with computer fraud and abuses and, according to the BBC, a maximum fine of US $ 250,000 and a jail term of up to five years punishes a "firewall misconfiguration" to damage the bank's server. Capital One attributed the incident to an exploited "configuration gap" and said the hacker struck out with 140,000 social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. Overall, the raid has compromised information affecting around 100 million people in the US and another 6 million in Canada.
The bank's boss, Richard D. Fairbank, apologized in a statement Monday for the incident. "I sincerely apologize for the understandable concern that this incident must cause the person concerned, and work to make sure everything is fixed." ,