The massive data breach that led to the stolen information of more than 100 million Capital One customers was just one of many related hacks.
That’s what prosecutors now allege in new court documents related to the case involving Paige Thompson, the former Amazon engineer and hacker who was arrested for the Capital One hack last month.
Thompson allegedly stole “multiple terabytes of data” from more than 30 more companies, schools, and other organizations. Thompson has told investigators that she did not sell or share the data, but prosecutors have yet to confirm this. “The government is continuing its investigation, which will take a significant amount of time and resources, given the immense amount of forensic evidence to review,” attorneys for the Western District of Washington wrote in a memorandum.
The documents uphold earlier speculation from security experts and researchers. Slack messages from Thompson mention several other organizations, and Israeli security firm CyberInt said that Vodafone, Ford, Michigan State University and the Ohio Department of Transportation were likely among those affected. The prosecutors did not name specific companies or organizations aside from Capital One.
“The government expects to add an additional charge against Thompson based upon each such theft …read more