Capital One hack may have been bigegr than thought

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The hacker behind the Capital One data breach might have additionally been liable for assaults on multiple other corporations, regulation forces have stated.

Paige Thompson might have stolen knowledge from more than 30 other organisations, in line with US officials investigating the case after uncovering extra evidence.

The knowledge of round 106 million Capital One clients within the US and Canada had their private details stolen within the assault, with info comparable to names, addresses and telephone numbers all at risk.

'Legal conduct'

In new courtroom documents revealed this week, US prosecutors stated they have been widening their investigation into Paige A. Thompson, a 33-year-old former software program engineer, suspected of finishing up the assault.

Ex-Amazon worker Thompson was reported to police by a GitHub forum customers after she apparently boasted of the attack online.

The other affected corporations are unknown, but some stories have named the likes of Unicredit, Vodafone, Ford, Michigan State College, and the Ohio Division of Transportation amongst potential victims.

"The government's investigation during the last two weeks has revealed that Thompson's theft of Capital One's knowledge was only one a part of her legal conduct," a memo from regulation officials stated.

"The servers seized from Thompson's bed room in the course of the search of Thompson's residence, embrace not solely knowledge stolen from Capital One, but in addition a number of terabytes of knowledge stolen by Thompson from greater than 30 different corporations, instructional institutions, and other entities."

US prosecutors stated the "knowledge varies considerably in both sort and amount," however, based mostly on presently out there info, "a lot of the info seems not to be knowledge containing personal identifying info."

They added that the case towards Thompson seems open-and-shut, stating, "the proof that Thompson committed this crime is overwhelming."

In complete, Capital One believes the breach affected approximately 100 million individuals within the US, in addition to six million extra in Canada. 

Round 140,000 US social safety numbers and 80,000 linked checking account numbers are considered compromised, with about a million social insurance numbers belonging to Canadian credit card clients also affected.

Except for names and dates of delivery, the hacker also managed to obtain credit scores, limits, balances, cost history and phone info.

By way of ZDNet