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Everything We Know About the Capital One Hacking Case So Far

A new indictment against alleged Capital One hacker Paige Thompson includes a few fresh details about the case

At the end of July, the FBI and Capital One disclosed that the bank had suffered a massive data breach just a few months before, exposing personal and financial data from more than 100 million customers. The FBI arrested former Amazon employee Paige Thompson, 33, in connection with the crime, and accused her of also breaching 30 other companies and organizations. Now, an indictment unsealed on Wednesday offers a fuller picture of the government’s allegations against Thompson, and the scope of her alleged hacking spree.

Thompson, who also goes by the online handle “erratic,” allegedly created a program in late March to scan cloud customers for a specific web application firewall misconfiguration. The indictment only refers to the platform as the “Cloud Computing Company,” but an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to WIRED that it was Amazon Web Services. Thompson’s prior role at the company didn’t lend her any insider access in this case. Once the tool found its target misconfiguration, Thompson allegedly exploited it to extract privileged account credentials for victim databases and other web applications…

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