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- Capital One was hit with a major data hack affecting over 100 million customers’ Social Security and bank account numbers.
- The person behind the data hack has been identified as Paige Thompson, a 33-year-old software engineer who formally worked for Amazon.
- Thompson boasted about the hack on GitHub, Slack, and Twitter, according to federal court documents.
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A hacker responsible for breaching the data of over 100 million Capital One customers was arrested Monday after boasting about what she did online.
The suspect is accused of stealing data from millions of customers, including Social Security numbers, linked bank accounts, and other personal information, Capital One disclosed Monday.
The Justice Department identified the suspect as Paige Thompson, a software engineer in Seattle who formerly worked for Amazon. She was caught after she was found to have been boasting after the Capital One hack online, court documents say.
Thompson could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Here’s everything we know about Paige Thompson, the suspect behind the Capital One hack affecting 100 million customers:
Paige Thompson is a 33-year-old software engineer. She’s known online by her alias "erratic."
Source: Justice Department
According to Thompson’s resume found online, she attended Bellevue Community College in Washington in 2005. However, she left after a little more than a year to pursue a career opportunity.
Bellevue College via Flickr
Thompson was arrested Monday in Seattle, where she resides. Since leaving college, she’s worked as a software and systems engineer at various companies in the Seattle area.
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