Capital One Hacker Gets Probation for Breach in 2019

Capital One said the hack compromised the personal data of more than 100 million customers and credit card applicants.


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The woman convicted of carrying out one of the largest bank data heists in history was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and time served by a federal judge in Seattle.

Paige Thompson in her Netcrave profile on Keybase.

Paige Adele Thompson was found guilty by a jury in June of fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer and damaging a computer, but was acquitted of other charges, including aggravated identity theft.

Mrs. Thompson, a former Seattle-area tech worker, was arrested in July 2019 after allegedly stealing records from Capital One Financial corp.

involving more than 100 million customers and credit card applicants.

Personal information from Capital One credit card applications from 2005 to 2019, including credit scores, payment history and contact information, was accessed, the bank said at the time. In addition, Social Security and credit card numbers for tens of thousands of people were exposed.

The incident resulted in a $190 million settlement between Capital One and affected individuals and an $80 million fine from the Treasury Department.

Federal prosecutors had pushed for a sentence of seven years. However, US District Judge Robert Lasnik said in sentencing that prison would be particularly difficult for Ms Thompson, who is transgender, because of her status and mental health. Mr. Lasnik scheduled a Dec. 1 hearing to determine how much Thompson should pay in restitution.

“Although we understand the mitigating factors, we are very disappointed with the court’s verdict. This is not what justice looks like, US Attorney Nick Brown said in a statement. Capital One spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“While we disagree that Paige committed any crimes, we are pleased that the judge sentenced her to no prison time, especially since prosecutors sought seven years,” said Brian Klein, attorney for Ms. Thompson and partner at Waymaker LLP.

Write to James Rundle at james.rundle@wsj.com

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Appeared in the print edition on October 6, 2022 as ‘Capital One Data Thief Gets Probation’.

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