Earlier this month, Capital One and it’s customers were victim to a SIGNIFICANT breach of personal data. In fact, one of the biggest financial hacks of our time. At Computers Nationwide, we want to stress the importance of having a strong cyber security system in place to protect your business and your customers!
This week’s blog features article “Capital One data breach: What you can do now following bank hack” written by Clifford Colby on CNET.
A data breach to Capital One servers in March exposed the personal information of nearly 106 million of the bank’s customers and applicants. The hack, which included US and Canadian customers of the banking and credit card company, followed the settlement reached between Equifax and the Federal Trade Commission concerning a hack in 2017 that affected 147 million customers.
According to Capital One, the breach on March 22 and 23, 2019, resulted in the hacker gaining access to personal information related to credit card applications from 2005 to early 2019 for consumers, applicants and small businesses. Capital One detected the breach on July 19. Among the personal data exposed were names, addresses, dates of birth, credit scores, transaction data, Social Security numbers and linked bank account numbers.
About 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers were exposed, Capital One said. And for Canadian credit card customers and applicants, approximately 1 million Social Insurance Numbers. Capital One said, however, that no credit card account numbers or login credentials were revealed in the hack.