The impact of a data breach can be staggering, especially if it involves confidential information such as social security numbers. Data thieves too often intentionally hack into inadequately protected servers to steal personal information with the primary incentive of using that private data to commit identity theft and financial fraud. Capital One recently confirmed that personal information of more than 100 million individuals, including approximately 140,000 Social Security numbers, was compromised in a massive data breach.
According to the bank, “the largest category of information” accessed from applicants who applied for credit cards between 2005 and 2019 was personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income. Other data stolen includes credit scores, limits, balances and “fragments of transaction data from a total of 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018.”
The attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP (“FBFG”) are committed to ensuring that sensitive data, like the information exposed in the Capital One data breach, remains confidential.
FBFG’s attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in value on behalf of data breach victims. If you or someone you know was a Capital One customer, please contact us to discuss your legal options.