FILE PHOTO – Individuals stroll previous a Capital One banking middle in New York’s monetary district January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
(Reuters) – A federal grand jury has indicted the suspected hacker who obtained private data of over 100 million individuals within the Capital One Monetary Corp (COF.N) knowledge breach on costs of wire fraud and pc knowledge theft, the U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ) mentioned on Wednesday.
The breach at Capital One between March and July was revealed late final month and stemmed from Capital One’s resolution to retailer knowledge in Amazon’s (AMZN.O) cloud unit, known as Amazon Net Providers (AWS), the place a former worker named Paige Thompson managed to entry its knowledge.
Thompson’s indictment cited greater than 30 victims of information intrusion and theft, together with Capital One, the DOJ mentioned bit.ly/32eBGPE, including that the case is now headed for a federal courtroom in Seattle.
The DOJ didn’t establish different firms whose knowledge was allegedly breached by Thompson. Nevertheless, it talked about that a few of the victims included a state company exterior the state of Washington, a telecommunications conglomerate exterior the US and a public analysis college exterior Washington.
Thompson not solely stole knowledge, but in addition used stolen pc energy to mine cryptocurrency for her personal profit, a observe often called “cryptojacking,” in response to the indictment.
The 33-year-old software program engineer made her preliminary look in a federal courtroom in July. She stays in custody and her costs within the indictment carry penalties of as much as 25 years in jail, in response to the assertion.
The information breach at Capital One resulted within the publicity of names and addresses of shoppers, the corporate mentioned final month. The hacker didn’t achieve entry to bank card account numbers, however about 140,000 Social Safety numbers and 80,000 linked checking account numbers had been compromised.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; modifying by Gopakumar Warrier