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Capital One breach exposes not just data, but dangers of cloud misconfigurations

The massive Capital One data breach that compromised the personal information of 100 million credit card customers and applicants serves as a stark reminder that misconfigurations and malicious insiders can defeat the most well-intentioned cyber defenses, even when companies rely on a third-party cloud service to securely manage their data. In the case of Capital…
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Cloud Infrastructure IAM Lessons from the Capital One Breach

Cloud infrastructure is the foundation of more companies than ever. As with any foundation, any crack can lead to significant damage to the infrastructure. One potential crack is a trusted identity with unnecessary and excessive privileges. A “trusted identity” is invariably associated with people — employees, contractors or other insiders. But identity in the cloud…
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Report: Recently breached Capital One reassigns its CISO

Capital One Financial Corporation is reportedly reassigning its chief information security officer Michael Johnson to an advisory role, less than four months after the bank holding company disclosed a data breach affecting more than 100 million individuals. Johnson will instead server as senior vice president and special cybersecurity advisor, TechCrunch reported, cited a Capital One…
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Emerging Products: Breach and attack simulation technologies

Until recently, the critical task of security testing was primarily performed through time-consuming, costly and laboriously manual penetration testing. Organizations understood that, despite its expense and inefficiency, testing was – and still is – extremely important to security posture. The best security tools in a company’s arsenal mean nothing if they are improperly configured or…
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Woman accused of hacking Capital One indicted for alleged cyber intrusions, cryptojacking

A federal grand jury in Seattle yesterday indicted alleged Capital One data thief Paige Thompson in relation to a series of breaches and cryptojacking attacks that victimized more than 30 different companies. The indictment alleges that Thompson, 33, created a software program that identifies web application firewall misconfigurations while scanning the publicly-facing portion of servers…
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Capital One hacker to ask for release on bail

The person behind the massive Capital One data breach that exposed more than 100 million records will go before a federal judge on Friday and ask to be released on bail. The transgender Paige Thompson, who identifies as female, is expected to say that being held in jail with male inmates is a threat to…
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House Republicans ask Capitol One and Amazon for briefing on data breach

Republican members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform this week sent open letters to both Capital One and Amazon, requesting that both companies arrange a briefing with Congressional staff members regarding Capital One’s recently announced data breach. Last Monday, McLean, Va.-based Capital One Financial Corporation publicly acknowledged that an unauthorized individual…
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Pearson data breach impacts thousands of university accounts

London-based educational software maker Pearson reported on Wednesday a data breach involving about 13,000 school and university AIMSweb 1.0 accounts. Exposed data included first and last names, dates of birth, and emails, Pearson said in a blog post. While the company didn’t give any details surrounding what caused the incident, it did say strict data…
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Capital One hacker who stole personal info on 100M arrested

The FBI arrested a former software engineer from Seattle on charges of computer fraud and abuse after she accessed Capital One Financial Corp. data through a misconfigured web application firewall and stole Social Security numbers, names, birth dates, bank account numbers and other personal information on more than 100 million people. Paige A. Thompson, 33,…
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