Capital One Financial Corporation announced on July 29, 2019, they had determined that there was unauthorized access to the personal information of Capital One credit card customers.

The perpetrator has been caught, but the event affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and 6 million in Canada. 

The primary breach involved credit card application information; the perpetrator also obtained portions of credit card customer data, including:           

  –  Customer status data, e.g., credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information                                        
  –  Fragments of transaction data from a total of 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018.

No bank account numbers or Social Security numbers were compromised, other than:                              
–  About 140,000 Social Security numbers of credit card customers                                                   
–  About 80,000 linked bank account numbers of secured credit card customers

For Canadian credit card customers, approximately 1 million Social Insurance Numbers were compromised in this incident.

They will notify affected individuals through a variety of channels and will make free credit monitoring and identity protection available to everyone affected.

The investigation is ongoing and analysis is subject to change.

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