In the News: Capital One Data Breach Update

In the News: Capital One Data Breach Update

A data breach to Capital One servers was recently announced, exposing the personal information of nearly 106 million customers and applicants. The breach was announced on July 29th and included U.S. and Canadian customers of the banking and credit card company. This event comes just a week after the settlement of the 2017 Equifax Data Breach that affected 147 million customers.

According to Capital One, the breach resulted in the hacker gaining access to personal information related to credit card applications from 2005 to early 2019 for consumers, applicants and small businesses. Among the personal data exposed were names, addresses, dates of birth, credit scores, transaction data, Social Security numbers and linked bank account numbers. 

About 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers were exposed, Capital One said. And for Canadian credit card customers and applicants, approximately 1 million Social Insurance Numbers. Capital One said, however, that no credit card account numbers or login credentials were revealed in the hack.

Capital One has responded to the event quickly and fixed the exploit the hacker used to access the data, working with federal law enforcement on the breach. The banking company said it will reach out to customers who were part of the hack and will offer free credit monitoring and identity protection to those customers affected by the breach. For more details about the Capital One investigation, click here.

The FBI is currently investigating the possibility of other breaches associated with this incident.

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