Capital One's data breach and how criminals could use the stolen data
The Daily Charge
Credit card company, Capital One has been hit by a major data breach.
Last night the company and the FBI said 100 million credit card applications were effected, in fact, you information could be involved if you simply applied for a Capital One credit card going all the way back to 2005.
Stolen data included some very sensitive stuff 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.
Albert, how does this breach compare to some of the other one's that we've seen recently?
Yeah, this breach is still pretty massive.
There's a lot of sensitive data here, along with the Social Security card and the bank account numbers, up to a million Canadians were affected by this, their equivalent of Social Security numbers.
And they also stole a lot of sensitive data including things like your address, your birthday, your email address.
Things that a lot of hackers can use to basicall steal your identity.
Riht, now there's been more news about this this morning.
What happened today?
Yeah, so the New York attorney general Laticia James announced that she was opening an investigation on Capital One.
She was also the Attorney General that led the coalition of like 49 other Attorney General's in the settlement against Equifax, right this is a breach like nearly on the level of Equifax not as much data had leaked, but the potential To steal identities definitely on that level.
Because of the sensitive kind of information they got, right.
Now Equifax earlier this week, there was just a settlement in that case.
What was that?
Yes, so yeah I mean, you can get $125 if you want to or you can get ten years of free credit monitoring.
To be fair They are also, Capital One is also offering free credit monitoring if you were affected by this breach.
So take the money.