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FBI captures former Amazon employee behind “Capital One” banking penetration


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at
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The United States managed to capture the suspected hacker behind Capital One banking penetration that affected data of up to 106 million people in the United States and Canada, according to court files from federal prosecutors.

According to the Business Insider website,  revealed that the breach of Capital One took place on March 22 and March 23, affecting 100 million people in the United States and 6 million others in Canada. A complaint filed Monday in Seattle, Washington, revealed that the alleged culprit is Paige Thompson , A former software engineer for Amazon Web Services.

Joel Martini, an FBI commissioner, found Thompson’s full name on GitHub, and found that Thompson had created the Meetup group under her favorite nickname on the Internet, where Thompson boasted of it.


According to the FBI complaint, someone emailed the bank two days before notifying it that leaked data had appeared on the webhosting site GitHub.

A month prior, the FBI said, a Twitter user who went by “erratic” sent Capitol One direct messages warning about distributing the bank’s data, including names, birth dates and social security numbers.

Capital One said it believes it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud, but it will continue to investigate.

Capital One Financial, the nation’s seventh-largest commercial bank with more than $370bn, is the latest US company to suffer a major data breach in recent years, the Guardian reported.

Read also: Hackers penetrate United States using tools developed by NSA

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