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Capital One says hacker accessed information on more than 100 million people
Jeremy C. Owens
Capital One Financial Corp.
said Monday afternoon that a
hacker had accessed personal information of more than 100 million
customers and potential customers. The bank said that the Federal Bureau
of Investigation had arrested a suspect it believed to be responsible
for the hack into records from credit card customers and others who had
applied for credit card products. Capital One said that information on
about 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians was affected, though
no account numbers nor log-in credentials were jeopardized. "We believe
it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated
by this individual," the company said in its announcement. The company
said that basic personal information included on credit-card
applications from 2005 to early 2019 was accessed, which included credit
scores and payment history, as well as some transaction data. About
140,000 U.S. customers' social-security numbers were accessed, as well
as about 80,000 linked bank account numbers. In Canada, 1 million
social-insurance numbers were accessed. Capital One said it would notify
affected individuals and offer free credit monitoring and identity
protection. Capital One stock fell 2.5% in after-hours trading after the
announcement was made.