Who's in your wallet?


Emailed on August 2nd, 2019 in The Friday Forward

Capital One  was hacked, the company has disclosed. The breach was first discovered on July 19th. 

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Capital One believes the breach exposed credit card application data for those who applied between 2005 and 2019.

  • The company says this works out to roughly 100 million individuals in the U.S., and 6 million in Canada.

  • The data leaked potentially includes “names, addresses, ZIP codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income” of those who applied, as well as information like “credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information.”

  • Capital One is estimating that roughly 140,000 Social Security numbers were potentially compromised in the U.S., as well as 80,000 linked bank account numbers. In Canada, roughly 1 million Social Insurance Numbers were compromised.

  • Transaction data for “a total of 23 days” spread across 2016/2017/2018 was obtained

At this point it's safe to assume I've got a financially disappointed clone walking around somewhere.

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Sean Steigerwald