Canadians holding Costco Mastercard and Capital One credit cards should take note that the head office of Capital One credit has disclosed that as many as one million of their clients' social insurance numbers and perhaps other personal information like credit scores, credit limits and balances, may have been compromised in a cyber-hacking attack on its servers July 19th.
They state that this major data breach could have affected about 100 million people in the United States and potentially six million Canadians.
“While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” said Richard D. Fairbank, Founder, Chairman and CEO. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right.”
The corporation is working closely with law enforcement and the FBI has just announced that they have arrested an individual who may be responsible for this breach of information.
Another recent data breach affected around 2.7 million clients of Caisses Desjardins and 173,000 businesses. The hack was the work of a now former employee who had improperly accessed and shared client information via the dark web.
All present and future Desjardins caisse members are now automatically and permanently protected against identity theft at no cost.
For all pertinent information, assistance and statements about this latest event, consult the Capital One website:
If you’d like to speak with an agent, call 1-833-727-1234.