A few heads will be rolling over at Capital One as the company announced it was hit with a it was hit with a data breach, affecting an estimated 100 million US individuals and approximately 6 million in Canada, according to a press release they released Monday.
“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, Chairman and CEO. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”
Paige Thompson, a former software engineer, was arrested Monday by the FBI, she appeared in court and was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Paige was arrested after she posted about the theft of information on the sharing site GitHub, the Department of Justice alleged in a Monday statement. Another user flagged the posts to Capital One on July 17 on the possibility of data theft. Capital One contacted the FBI two days later once it confirmed there had been an intrusion into its data. The breach occured on March 22 and 23, 2019.