Paige Thompson, a former Amazon employee, was found guilty of wire fraud and computer intrusions for her role in the theft of personal data from over 100 million customers of the Capital One Bank (COB) in 2019. She was convicted of wire fraud, five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer, and destroying it. After a seven-day trial, the jury acquitted her of additional charges, including access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing date is September 15, 2022, and the charges are punishable by up to 25 years in prison. “Ms. Thompson used her hacking skills to steal the personal information of more than 100 million people, and hijacked computer servers to mine cryptocurrency. Far from being an ethical hacker trying to help companies with their computer security, she exploited mistakes to steal valuable data and sought to enrich herself,” stated U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.
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