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Earlier this week, Capital One Financial Corp. announced a breach impacting the personal information of approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada. The list of impacted data included names, addresses, credit scores, Social Security numbers and bank balances.

Around the time of the announcement, the Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against a woman named Paige Thompson, who allegedly used a misconfiguration in Capital One’s firewall to access buckets of data. It has since been confirmed that the data was stored on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud infrastructure.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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