Massive Capital One data breach hits 100 million customers

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by Josh Hall

Capital One has revealed a massive hack of customer data, with over 100 million consumers and small businesses believed to have been affected.

In an announcement last night, the company said that the bulk of the data relates to US and Canadian individuals or businesses who applied for Capital One credit cards between 2005 and early 2019.

Hackers accessed data including names, addresses, dates of birth, and income.

The company also believes that transaction histories, credit scores, credit limits, and balances were also affected.

A further 140,000 customers may also have had their Social Security numbers breached.

Capital One says it estimates the breach affects over 100 million US customers, and a further 6 million Canadians.

The breach came to light after Paige A Thompson, a former software engineer, allegedly posted details of the theft on GitHub.

Thompson was arrested by the FBI and has been charged with computer fraud and abuse.

In a statement, Capital One Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fairbank said: "While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened

"I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right."