Expert: Capital One Financial data theft


Published: 30Jul2019

"Capital One Financial Corp announced Monday that the FBI has arrested an alleged hacker who reportedly accessed the personal information of as many as six million people in Canada and 100 million people in the United States." Global

Gabriella Coleman, Professor, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

"The Capital One breach is typical of many we’ve seen in the last decade: namely it's yet another massive breach, affecting millions upon millions of customers here and in the US. And yet there are some atypical features, namely that the attacker, Paige A. Thompson, so openly left a public trail of evidence as she openly discussed the breach on her Twitter account." - Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking has been published with Princeton University Press.  Her book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, published by Verso, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014.

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