A woman from Seattle has been arrested after claiming credit online for a major hack of Capital One that exposed around 100 million credit card applications and included some social security numbers and bank account numbers.
- Credit card numbers and log-in credentials were reportedly not included in the hack
- The only social security numbers that were exposed were around 140,000 that were used as employer ID numbers applying for small business cards as a sole proprietorship
- However “names, addresses, dates of birth and information regarding their credit history has not been tokenized” and thus were exposed.
The woman had worked for a cloud computer firm that authorities haven’t identified which “provided data services to Capital One” but the Seattle location of the perpetrator provides some clues.
At this point we’re probably immune to being surprised or even troubled by data breaches, maybe we were troubled by Equifax and Marriott but at this point doesn’t it all seem so de rigueur?
Don’t forget though your DMV photos have been scooped up into an FBI and an ICE database and used for government surveillance. The FBI has a huge DNA database, too. United Airlines and Delta own stakes in CLEAR which stores passenger biometrics. Oddly what some people are worried about is Facebook’s data privacy.