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Authorities Allege Paige A. Thompson Referenced Stolen Files on GitHub

A Seattle-area woman has been charged with accessing tens of millions of Capital One credit card applications after allegedly taking advantage of a misconfigured firewall.

Page A. Thompson, 33, is charged with one count of computer fraud and abuse, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle. She was arrested at a residence on Monday.

Thompson is accused of accessing Capital One files that were stored with a cloud service provider, which appears to be Amazon, between March 12 and July 17. Investigators allege that she posted information related to the intrusion on the code-sharing site GitHub and on social media, which apparently resulted in her quick arrest.

According to a statement released by Capital One, acknowledging the breach, the incident affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada.

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