Capital One announces data security breach

Capital One Financial Corporation announced there was unauthorized access by an outside individual who obtained certain types of personal information relating to people who had applied for its credit card products and to Capital One credit card customers.

Capital One immediately fixed the configuration vulnerability that this individual exploited and promptly began working with federal law enforcement. The FBI has arrested the person responsible and that person is in custody. The company believes it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud or disseminated by this individual but is continuing to investigate.

Based on analysis to date, this event affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada. No credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised.

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