Former Amazon Techie Accused Of Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency

The former Amazon employee who hacked the Capital One Bank has now used it’s servers to mine cryptocurrencies for herself. On August 28, the court filings revealed that the hacker Paige A. Thompson is charged for Capital One breach and for cryptojacking attempt.

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Basically, cryptojacking is all about crypto mining attacks. This works by installing malware or by accessing a computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrencies without the owner’s knowledge. Thompson is charged with a penalty of 25 years in prison. 

Paige created a software through which she could see the customer of the Cloud computing company who misconfigured their firewalls. The name of the Cloud computing company is not revealed but it is identified that Amazon Web Services is the one. Doing so she could access data from Capital One and 30 other companies.

The court filings reveal that the firm offers cloud-computing services to individuals, companies and governments. There are three victims affected from cryptojacking. One is a state agency of a state that is not the State of Washington. Second is a telecoms non-United States-based conglomerate that serves customers in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Finally, the third is the U.S.-based public research university, also outside of the state of Washington.

As per the reports from the Nextweb, 

“If I had a partner I could have them take over my crypto-jacking enterprise and be a stay at home.”

In the Capital One breach, roughly 100 million U.S. customers and 6 million Canadians are affected. Eventually, Thompson was successful in accessing 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. She could also access data related to customers’ credit scores, credit limits and balances.

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Mustafa Mulla

Mustafa has been writing about Blockchain and crypto since many years. He has previous trading experience and has been working in the Fintech industry since 2017.

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