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Capital One Data Breach

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Capital One Data Breach – Hackers Strike Again

Approximately 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians have had some personal information stolen in the latest data breach in the US.

In this one, a hacker was able to obtain access to the Capital One AWS records and subsequently posted the information on the dark web. Her brags seem to be what got her caught.

According to Capital One, the most breached data segment was information that “included personal information Capital One routinely collects at the time it receives credit card applications, including names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income.”

The only people that had Social Security numbers lifted were those that applied for business credit cards using their SSN as their Tax ID – a common way for solo entrepreneurs to apply and one often discussed around the proverbial water coolers here.

Additionally, 80,000 bank account numbers linked to secured credit cards were also hacked.

Read the statement direct from Capital One on the data breach

If you are affected, Capital One will be reaching out about free credit monitoring, etc. as has become the norm.

This breach comes directly on the heels of the Equifax breach finally allowing for claims to be filed, allowing for $125 or 4 years free comprehensive credit monitoring as well as additional monies for time spent dealing with that breach. I’m still on the fence between the $125 and the 4 years monitoring, given all the free monitoring available and the multiple numbers of breaches that are leading to these offers.

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