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Details about Paige Thompson, the person who allegedly hacked into Capital One
Page A. Thompson was arrested for allegedly hacking into Capital One Financial Corp’s Cloud servers and allegedly stealing customer information. The following is some insight into the person who allegedly was able to complete such an extraordinary Hack of Capital One Financial Corp.
Paige used GitHub and also had a page on GitLab. She setup the GitLab page under Netcrave. She also posted using the handle “erratic”. Her GitLab page is still there. Click on this link to visit Paige’s GitLab page.
Having spent some time going over some of her web pages, I do not get the impression that Paige is into Black Hat Hacking. I get the impression of a skilled Programmer and Techie. IMHO her alleged hacking of Capital One could be a case of her testing herself and her skills. She apparently had to put her pet cat down and such an event can be traumatic. Trauma can impact one’s thinking. If she is guilty of the alleged Hack of Capital One, I have doubts whether the allegedly stolen info was placed or sold on DarkNet.
The bigger and more important question is: Why was the Firewall protecting Capital One’s Cloud resources allegedly incorrectly configured and allegedly incorrectly configured by whom. Was it the fault of Capital One or was it the fault of their Cloud Provider?
This IMHO this points to someone who maybe did the Hacking as a challenge versus someone who would do something like this for greater criminal intent such as Extorting Capital One, or using the stolen data to apply for Credit Cards or selling the data on DarkNet markets. We’ll learn more if there is trial. If she pleads guilty, then there will be no trial.
Myself, I would like to know who was responsible for the allegedly misconfigured Firewall (per the FBI).
How many other Firewalls, supposedly protecting Cloud based data may also be “misconfigured”???