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Feds order Capital One to pay $80M fine over 2019 hack – SecurityInfoWatch


The data of 100 million U.S. customers of Capital One was illegally accessed in a breach in 2019.

The data of 100 million U.S. customers of Capital One was illegally accessed in a breach in 2019.

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What’s in their wallet? About $80 million less than before.

Capital One has been fined $80 million for getting hacked in 2019, a Treasury Department bureau announced Thursday.

About 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers were exposed in the 2019 hack. More than 100 million U.S. customers were affected, along with 6 million Canadian customers.

The data breach happened while Capital One was moving data to the cloud. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the bureau which assessed the fine, said Capital One’s “risk assessment processes” were subpar at the time.

Capital One has said that it’s since fixed the problem.

Paige Thompson, 34, has been charged with the hack by federal prosecutors. A former tech worker in Seattle, Thompson is accused of dozens of other hacks and is set to stand trial in February.

The fine will be paid to the U.S. Treasury.

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