Capital One Breach Exposes Personal Data on 100 Million U.S. Consumers

Financial services company Capital One revealed a data breach affecting 100 million U.S. consumers who had applied for credit, plus six million Canadians. In a classic look on the bright side, the company highlighted extra encryption that protected most social security numbers and account numbers. It did mention that exposed data included “names, addresses, postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income” and “credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information, fragments of transaction data from 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018, and about 140,000 social security numbers” as well as one million Canadian social insurance numbers.