Seattle Techie Accused of Massive Capital One Breach

MCLEAN, VA – MARCH 13: The Capital One headquarters is shown March 13, 2006 in Mclean, Virginia. It was announced that Capital One Financial Corp. is buying North Fork Bancorp. Inc. in a transaction valued at nearly $15 billion. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — A security breach at Capital One Financial, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards, compromised the personal information of about 106 million people, and in some cases the hacker obtained Social Security and bank account numbers.

Paige A. Thompson, (pictured right)  who uses the online handle “erratic” — was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson made an initial appearance in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.

(Paige Thompson)

Federal agents began tracking Thompson online after being notified by Capital One of a possible breach in July.

One June 18, Thompson sent a message on Twitter to another user saying, “Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, (expletive) dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it.”

The FBI raided Thompson’s residence Monday and seized digital devices. An initial search turned up files that referenced Capital One and “other entities that may have been targets of attempted or actual network intrusions.”

Thompson was a systems engineer at Amazon Web Services between 2015 and 2016, about three years before the breach took place.

While that service is used by Capital One, there is no evidence that Amazon’s cloud system was involved in the breach.

(Associated Press)

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