Date
9 December 2019
US credit card issuer Capital One Financial says it identified a hacker attack on July 19. Photo: Reuters
US credit card issuer Capital One Financial says it identified a hacker attack on July 19. Photo: Reuters

Capital One data breach affects millions in US, Canada

Capital One Financial Corp said on Monday that personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers and credit scores of about 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million people in Canada were obtained by a hacker who has been arrested, Reuters reports.

The US credit card issuer said it identified the hack on July 19 and the individual responsible has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The incident is expected to cost between US$100 million and US$150 million in 2019, mainly due to customer notifications, credit monitoring and legal support, Capital One said.

The hacker did not gain access to credit card account numbers, but about 140,000 social security numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers were compromised, the company said.

About one million social insurance numbers of the company’s Canadian credit card customers were also compromised.

The hacker was able to ‘exploit’ a ‘configuration vulnerability’ in the company’s infrastructure, it said, adding that the vulnerability was reported to Capital One by an external researcher.

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