Capital One Hack. Gilroy Shooting. Brexit Causes Sterling to Drop


Capital One Breach Hits 100 Million 

Paige A. Thompson was taken into custody on Monday and was in federal court in Seattle. She was charged with computer fraud and abuse due to illegal access to Capital One Bank’s server. She was identified by Amazon as a former cloud service employee. The papers charging the hacker allegedly stored the stolen data in S3, Simple Storage Service. This storage service is a well-known data storage software provided by Amazon Web Services. The information that was not stolen due to a breach and vulnerability. An AWS spokesperson says the breach was because of a misconfigured firewall protecting an application. Thompson worked for Amazon Web Services in 2016. It is said that the hack needed no insider knowledge. Among the data stolen was:

  • 6 million Canadians
  • 140,000 Social Security Numbers
  • 80,000 bank numbers from credit cards. 

The scope of the data obtained was dated from 2005 through the early months of 2019. The hacker is looking at:

  • maximum penalty of five years in prison
  • $250,000 fine.

Her lawyer had no comment. “I am deeply sorry for what has happened. I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected,” This was the statement from Richard D. Fairbank, Capital One’s CEO.

Sources:
Gizmodo
Bloomberg
AP

3 Dead, 5 Injured in Gilroy Festival Shooting

The shooter was identified who opened fire at Garlic Festival in Gilroy California. The weapon, that has yet to be verified, is suspected to be a WASR-10. Earlier reports said it was an AK-47, but information coming out now is stating it may be a variant. Authorities say the shooter, who shall not be named, bought the weapon earlier in the year in Nevada, as they are illegal to obtain in California. Three people are dead and the five people that were injured are now being treated at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. The victims’ ages ranged from 12-69. Conflicting reports about the incident state 13 people were taken to hospitals for gunshot wounds. Upon further investigation, news outlets are saying that he touted White Supremacist mantras and beliefs, but a post on Instagram refers to “hoards of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats.” They reference a PDF of a 19th-century book they are touting as proto-fascist. They also reference 8chan. This story was referenced on Lords of the Night where Monkey said the book is actually about atheism and refuting the Bible. 

Sources:
LATimes
Yahoo News
NBCNews

Pound Tumbles as UK Plays Brexit Hardball

Monday saw the drop of the Sterling to a 28-month low. The slide is given credit to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement of the Brexit divorce being dead and his warning of the UK’s leaving on October 31 without a deal, if the EU does not renegotiate. The PM is betting the no-deal threat will make Germany and France -the EU’s largest powers- to push for a revision of the Withdrawal Agreement. The fear of a break from the EU with no deal is the tipping of the country into a recession, making financial markets reel. This would also, theoretically, weaken London’s position as a financial center. The main contention of May’s deal is the backstop, prevention of the return of an Ireland/United Kingdom hard border. The backstop, as well as May’s submitted deal, is not up for further negotiation, according to the remaining 27 countries. 

Sources:
Reuters

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Until next time,
Anissa “Maddy” Walker

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