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What’s In Your Wallet? August 2, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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If you have a Capital One card in your wallet (or had one in the recent past), you will want to check out this article:

Capital One Data Breach:  What to Do if You were Affected

The bank disclosed on Monday that it was the victim of a data breach affecting over 100 million people in the U.S. and six million people in Canada. Most of the impacted parties were consumers or small businesses who had applied for a Capital One credit card in the 14 years leading up to March 2019, according to a press release. The compromised information is outlined as follows:

  • Personally identifiable information like “names, addresses, zip codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income,” at the time of the applications
  • Customer status data, which includes credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information
  • Fragments of transaction data from a cumulative 23 days spanning from 2016 to 2018

What’s more, the hacker also obtained about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 linked bank account numbers, and one million “social insurance” numbers (the Canadian version of a Social Security number). It’s being called one of the largest-ever thefts of bank data.

As indicated, more than 100 million people in the US and 6 million in Canada were affected.

The article outlines what to do if you fall in that group.

Aah . . . that’s better!