Earlier this week, Capital One was the victim of the latest mega-breach, as information for 100 million of their American customers and six million of their Canadian customers was compromised.
An FBI investigation determined that stolen Capital One information was being stored on an online hosting platform and contained tens of thousands of American Social Security and bank account numbers, as well as a million Social Insurance Numbers (SINs) related to Canadian customers. The compromised data also contained contact information, credit limits, credit scores, account balances, payment history, and some transaction data for millions of customers. Thanks to the suspect inexplicably leaving their resume on the server containing the stolen data, authorities were able to quickly apprehend the individual. Authorities are investigating whether data from other companies may have also been compromised by the suspect, who is believed to have worked at a web hosting company that stored information for many businesses, other than Capital One.
Capital One will be providing notifications and free credit monitoring to affected individuals. To further protect yourself, consider the following steps: