Step Right Up: Capital One Is The Latest To Report A Data Breach

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It seems like a big company reports a data breach every other day. Last week I wrote about the Equifax data breach settlement.

Capital One announced today that they experienced a breach that affected 100 million people in the US.

33 year old Paige Thompson has been arrested in connection with the breach. Capital One says that they believe it is unlikely that she disseminated the data or used it for fraud.

  • No credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised
  • Over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised.
  • Compromised information included data that Capital One collects at the time it receives credit card applications: Names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income.
  • Credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information
  • Fragments of transaction data from a total of 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • About 140,000 Social Security numbers of credit card customers were compromised. These are comprised of those who used their Social Security number as their employer identification number in applying for small business credit cards.
  • About 80,000 linked bank account numbers of secured credit card customers were compromised.

It’s important to watch your credit report to ensure that you don’t find any fraud on it. You can check your credit reports from all 3 credit reporting agencies here for free every year.

HT: davidrotts63, via DDF

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dan, will my credit score take a hit when i request my reports from ?


So only Credit Card division was hacked and not the Bank Depot? I’m banking with Capital One and I don’t have a CC from them, does anybody like me need to be worried or change banks?


same Q here… Anyone know if bank was affected?

Ariel A.

For a second I thought I read only 99% of SS #s were compromised instead of over 99% were not.


my local gemach was compromised i’m in for ten times chai.


Im not sure how i feel about this. Upset that my info might’ve been compromised but excited for my next $125…

Nathan Weiss

The term “what’s in your wallet” just took on a whole new meaning for capital one


So, this means that any of us here (and I assume it’s quite a bit of us) that took advantage of the big 300k Spark deal that ended in January, and used a sole proprietorship to apply, have had our Social Security Numbers stolen? How concerned should we be, and is there anything we should be doing in the meantime?


Recently someone took out a Capitol One business credit card in my name. They put my mailing address in Texas. It was reported as a credit pull. Watch out.


all u care about is the pull, and not the identity theft??


I just got a business cc last month. When did they discover the breach?