Indictment of Capital One suspect alleges breaches of 30 companies, cryptojacking
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is charging Paige Thompson, the person thought to be behind the massive Capital One data breach, with obtaining unauthorized access to the data of over 30 companies and of launching cryptojacking attacks on compromised company networks. Cryptojacking refers to the illegitimate use of a system’s resourcing powers for mining cryptocurrency.
The Capital One breach impacted 100 million people in the US and another 6 million in Canada. The exposed data included sensitive financial information such as transaction data, credit scores, payment history and balances. In addition, the social security numbers and linked bank accounts of some people were exposed.