CapitalOne suffered a data breach affecting 100 million US consumers and 6 million Canadian consumers. The breach was detected when portions of the data was found on Github by a third party and reported to Capital One. The stolen data covers information on credit card applications made from 2005 to April 2019, 1M Canadian social security numbers, 120K US social security numbers, 77K bank account numbers, and other personal information.
According to the criminal complaint against the attacker, “A firewall misconfiguration permitted commands to reach and be executed….”, and those commands resulted the data from being stolen from Capital One’s Amazon Web Service (AWS) S3 buckets.
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