Global Data Leakage at Capital One Bank

Pedestrians walk past a Capital One bank branch in New York, on January 22, 2016.

That’s right, because the modest “leak” that happened can no longer be called. American bank Capital One reported that in March, someone hacked into its system and received an incredible amount of data. The leak affected 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada.

The incident will cost the bank 100-120 million dollars.

What specifically leaked:

  • names, addresses, dates of birth
  • phone numbers, email addresses
  • declared level of income

In some cases, more specific credit history data flowed:

  • credit rating, credit limit, balance, payment history
  • fragments of transaction history

And also:

  • 140 thousand social security numbers and 80 thousand bank accounts of American clients
  • 1 million Canadian Social Security numbers

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