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Capital One affected by major data breach

Capital One has revealed that it has suffered a major data breach that has put the data of millions of customers at risk.

The financial giant said that about 106 million customers in the US and Canada may have stolen personal information during the attack, with information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers that are all at risk.

However, credit card details and numbers were not hit in the attack, the company said., With login details also unaffected.

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Capital One announced the news after the US Department of Justice's arrest of the alleged hacker, confirming that Paige Thompson, a 33-year-old former software engineer from the Seattle technology company, had appeared in court earlier today.

Thompson was reported to the police by users of a GitHub forum after apparently bragging about the attack online. If she is convicted, she faces the possibility of up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine.

The hack itself was reported on July 17, with the hacker apparently able to exploit a "specific configuration vulnerability" in the company's infrastructure, Capital One said.

In total, Capital One believes that the violation affected approximately 100 million people in the US, and another six million in Canada.

It is believed that around 140,000 US citizen service numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers have been compromised, and about one million social insurance numbers from Canadian credit card customers.

In addition to names and birth dates, the hacker also succeeded in obtaining credit scores, limits, balances, payment history and contact details.

"Although I am grateful that the perpetrator was caught, I am very sorry about what happened," said Richard Fairbank Chairman of Capital One in a statement.

"I sincerely apologize for the understandable concern that this incident is causing the victims and I am determined to make it right."

The company says it will inform those involved and provide free credit monitoring and identity protection.

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