New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today that her office plans to investigate the Capital One data breach that has affected more than 100 million people in the US and Canada. "(We) will work to ensure that New Yorkers who are the victims of this violation receive relief," James said in a statement. "We cannot allow such hacks to occur every day."
The breach, reportedly carried out by a former Amazon Web Services engineer, contaminated names, addresses, telephone numbers, emails, birth dates and self-reported earnings. The Capital One press release also claims that 140,000 US citizen service numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers, and 1 million Canadian social security numbers have also been affected.
This data breach follows the settlement of another monumental infringement: Equifax. In that 2017 incident, the company disclosed no fewer than 147 million personal information about people, including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers. It recently settled with the Federal Trade Commission for at least $ 575 million, although that amount could even amount to $ 700 million, depending on the compensation that people claim. Both Equifax and Capital One say that their infringements stemmed from unpatched vulnerabilities. (You can check whether you have been compromised by the Equifax infringement and request compensation by following the steps described here.)