If you applied for a Captial One credit card between 2005 and 2015, we have bad news for you. Capital One confirmed that an “outside individual” stole names, social security numbers, and other data of over 100 million credit card applicants.
Unfortunately, the modern world seems like a place where we can no longer talk about “if” or “when” someone will steal our data in a hack. Instead, we’re left discussing how many times it already happened, and when the next hack will happen.
In just the latest example, Captial One announced it detected an intrusion into its systems. Between March 22nd and March 23rd, the hacker managed to steal names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, dates of birth, and self-reported incomes of around 100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians.
In a surprise twist, the FBI already made an arrest. The alleged hacker was caught bragging about the intrusion on a private Slack workspace and social media. When they sent a series of direct messages to another Twitter user with details about the hack, the recipient notified Capital One.
The bank holding company is offering the usual band-aid of credit monitoring services to anyone affected. It promises to reach out to everyone caught in the breech to provide those services. [Ars Technica]
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- Sony sold 100 million PS4 consoles: Shipments of the Playstation 4 are slowing as we reach market saturation and the early stages of the next generation of consoles. But that didn’t stop the PS4 from hitting the 100 million mark, colloquially known as a Metric ButtTonne of consoles. [CNET]
Scientists created contact lenses with a zoom feature. Better yet, you make them zoom in or out by blinking your eyes twice. The contact lenses detect and respond to electrical signals generated by eye movement. It’s still early in the development process, so you won’t be buying zoom lenses for your eyes tomorrow. But the prospect of easy-to-use contact lenses with a zoom capability is tantalizing. [Engadget]
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