The bank said on Monday that a hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications.
Paige A. Thompson was charged with a single count of computer deception and misuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson made an early presence in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday.
The bank said that the hacker got information including credit scores and balances as well as the Social Security numbers of around 140,000 customers. It will offer free credit monitoring services to those impacted.
The FBI invaded Thompson’s house Monday and detained digital devices. An initial search turned up files that referenced Capital One and other articles that may have been targets of struggled or actual network interruptions.
A public defender appointed to represent Thompson did not instantly return an email seeking comment.
Based in McLean, Virginia, Capital One said on Monday it discovered about the susceptibility in its system July 19 and instantly sought help from law implementation to catch the committer.
The FBI complaint said that someone emailed the bank two days before that informing it that escaped data had seemed on the code-hosting site GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft.
“Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, (expletive) dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it,” one said. “I wanna distribute those buckets i think first.”
Capital One said it believes it is improbable that the information was used for scam, but it will continue to examine. The data breach impacted about 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada.
“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Capital One CEO Richard D. Fairbank. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”