Massive Capital One data breach exposes tens of thousands of Social Security numbers

Massive Capital One data breach exposes tens of thousands of Social Security numbers

Capital One has announced a data breach that has compromised the personal information at its customer’s Social Security numbers and bank information, along with names, addresses, phone numbers and credit scores.

The company estimates that about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers and one million Canadian Social Insurance numbers were compromised. In total, the breach affects approximately 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians.

The FBI has made an arrest, apprehending and charging Paige A. Thompson with computer fraud and abuse.

“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, chairman and CEO of Capital One, in a release. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”

To read the news release in its entirety, please click here.

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