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Capital One Accused Hacker May Have Hit 30 Other Companies

The Seattle woman accused of hacking into Capital One Financial Corp.’s cloud and stealing personal information on more than 100 million Americans also broke into servers of more than 30 other companies, the U.S. said in a request to keep …

Identity Theft Stings, but Hard to Pin on Specific Attacks

NEW YORK — Equifax 2017. Marriott 2018. Capital One 2019. Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But …

Alleged CapitalOne Hacker Barely Bothered to Hide

SEATTLE — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking CapitalOne made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle …

Capital One Touted the Cloud’s Safety as Hacker Was Breaching It

Capital One Financial Corp., in recent years, has beat the drum every chance it got: The cloud is cheaper. The cloud is faster. And the cloud is far more secure. Then a hacker got into the cloud, siphoning off sensitive …

Tipster’s Email Led to Arrest in Massive Capital One Breach

Capital One Financial Corp. set up an email address for tipsters — including “white hat” hackers — to alert the company to potential vulnerabilities in its computer systems. On July 17, the company got a hit. “Hello there,” the email …

Capital One Says Breach Hit 100 Million Individuals in U.S.

Capital One Financial Corp. said data from about 100 million people in the U.S. was illegally accessed after prosecutors accused a Seattle woman of breaking into the bank’s server at a cloud-computing company. The woman, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested …

Premera Blue Cross Pays States $10 Million over Data Breach

SEATTLE — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across …

Marriott Faces $124 Million Fine From U.K. for Data Hacking

The massive hacking of Marriott International Inc. reservation databases could lead to a 99 million-pound ($124 million) fine as the U.K. cracked down on privacy breaches with its second major penalty notice in two days. The cyber attack, which Marriott …

Facebook Must Face Lawsuit Over 29 Million-User Data Breach

Facebook Inc. failed to fend off a lawsuit over a data breach that affected nearly 30 million users, one of several privacy snafus that have put the company under siege. The company’s disclosure in September that hackers exploited several software …

Watchdog Says FEMA Wrongly Released Survivors’ Personal Information

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The …