Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million


A Capital One data breach has reportedly affected 100 million customers. The breach compromised about 140,000 social security numbers and about 80,000 linked bank account numbers, reports Capital One.

The company announced Tuesday that on July 19, 2019, there was unauthorized access by an outside individual who obtained certain types of personal information about customers.

The FBI has arrested the person responsible. “Based on our analysis to date, we believe it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual. However, we will continue to investigate,” a Capital One statement wrote in a statement on their site.

Capital One adds “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised.”

Capital One will notify affected individuals through a variety of channels and make free credit monitoring and identity protection available to everyone affected.

“Safeguarding applicant and customer information is essential to our mission and our role as a financial institution. We have invested heavily in cybersecurity and will continue to do so. We will incorporate the learnings from this incident to further strengthen our cyber defenses,” Capital One said.