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Ex-Amazon Worker Convicted in Capital One Hacking

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Paige Thompson downloaded the personal information of more than 100 million Capital One customers in 2019.

Credit: Richard Drew/Associated Press

A former Amazon engineer who was accused of stealing customers' personal information from Capital One in one of the largest breaches in the United States was found guilty of wire fraud and hacking charges on Friday.

A Seattle jury found that Paige Thompson, 36, had violated an anti-hacking law known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which forbids access to a computer without authorization. The jury found her not guilty of identity theft and access device fraud.

Ms. Thompson had worked as a software engineer and ran an online community for other workers in her industry. In 2019, she downloaded personal information belonging to more than 100 million Capital One customers. Her legal team argued that she had used the same tools and methods as ethical hackers who hunt for software vulnerabilities and report them to companies so they can be fixed.

From The New York Times
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