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The former Amazon engineer charged with hacking into Capital One’s databases and gaining access to customer information pleaded not guilty to counts of wire fraud and computer fraud Thursday.

Paige Thompson’s plea paves the way for a trial to begin in the case Nov. 4. The Seattle Times reported that the trial date will likely be delayed as the case is litigated. Thompson was arrested in July for allegedly perpetrating one of the largest breaches of a major financial institution, a hack that affected about 106 million people in the U.S. and Canada.

Paige Thompson as pictured in an AngelList profile photo.

Authorities say Thompson, also known as “erratic” online, faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Thompson in August, alleging she illegally accessed data from customers of a cloud computing company by exploiting misconfigured web application firewalls on their cloud servers. The identity of the cloud computing provider was not mentioned, but Amazon has been named in lawsuits related to the breach that allege the tech giant is also culpable for the breaches.

The indictment also revealed that Thompson mined cryptocurrency after allegedly infiltrating the cloud servers of …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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