Toronto, July 30 (Canadian-Media): Personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, including six million from Canada, have been compromised by a hacker's access to these accounts, media reports said.
Capital One/Twitter & Paige A. Thompson/Twitter
This malpractice of hacker was identified by a a credit card issuer on July 19.
The hacker, Paige A. Thompson was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle and was arrested by the federal authorities.
After making a brief court appearance, Thompson was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.
Information including credit scores and balances plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers in the United States were hacked. The bank said it will offer free credit monitoring services to those affected.
Approximately one million Social Insurance Numbers of Canadians were compromised in this incident.
“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Capital One CEO Richard D. Fairbank. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”
Reporting by Asha Bajaj