Former Seattle tech worker sentenced in Capital One breach

Paige Thompson, 37, was found guilty of telephone fraud and five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer and damage to a protected computer.

MATCH – Editor’s Note: The video above was published in June 2022 when Paige Thompson was convicted.

The former Seattle tech employee responsible for hacking activity that affected millions of people in 2019 was sentenced on Tuesday to serving a sentence and five years of probation.

Paige Thompson, 37, was found guilty of telephone fraud and five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer and damage to a protected computer in June.

Prosecutors asked the court to impose a sentence of seven years in prison. However, at the sentencing hearing, US District Judge Robert Lasnik said jail time will be difficult because of her mental health and because she is transgender, according to information from the United States Attorney’s Office. Ky.

“While we fully understand the mitigating factors, we are very disappointed with the court’s decision. US Attorney Nick Brown said. “Multiple Sclerosis. Thompson’s hacking and theft of information on 100 million people has caused more than $250 million in damage to companies and individuals. Her cybercrime has created anxiety for millions of people concerned. legitimate concerns about their personal information. This behavior deserves more substantial sanctions”.

Thompson used a tool she built to scan Amazon Web Services accounts and look for misconfigured accounts. She then used those accounts to hack into 30 entities, including Capital One, according to the US Attorney’s Office. The hack affected more than 100 million US Capital One customers. At the time, Capital One said the compromised information included 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. This is one of the largest record breaches involving a major US financial institution.

Prosecutors said Thompson installed cryptocurrency mining software on new servers and pocketed the income from the mining.

Thompson also “bragged” about his exploits on online forums and in texts, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

A hearing is scheduled for December 1 to determine how much Thompson will have to pay the victims.

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