Vancouver (August 07, 2019) – The Vancouver law firm Charney Lawyers launched a class-action lawsuit against Capital One as a consequence of the massive data breach earlier this year according to CTV News. Since March 2019, a hacker was in possession of the personal information of six million Canadian Capital One credit card applicants and cardholders, on whose behalf the class-action lawsuit has been filed.
Among the 6 million affected persons whose name, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and self-reported income, as well as credit information, were stolen, the social insurance number of 1 million Canadians were gathered.
A software engineer who was a former Amazon employee allegedly compromised the highly sensitive information from Capital One’s cloud storage. She was charged with fraud and abuse.
Capital One is not an isolated case. 2019, from the Quebec-based credit union Desjardins, the personal data of 2.7 million customers were stolen and the credit-reporting company Equifax settled a pending class-action lawsuit over the 2017 data breach with a record amount of up to US$650 million in the U.S.