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Ex-Amazon employee convicted of hacking, among other things, Capital One |  Currently

Ex-Amazon employee convicted of hacking, among other things, Capital One | Currently

A former Amazon employee was convicted of a major hack that surfaced in 2019. Paige Thompson, now 36, searched for incorrect accounts of Amazon customers and gained access to more than 30 accounts. One such account was from Capital One Bank. In this way, it has looted the personal information of more than 100 million account holders.

Thompson stole the data, but also used Amazon servers to “mining” cryptocurrency. Thompson has bragged about her actions on various Internet forums and in text messages. All of these letters were shown during her trial.

A jury in Seattle ruled that Thompson violated the anti-piracy law. This law prohibits unauthorized access to a computer. “She wanted the data, she wanted the money and she wanted the bragging rights,” Andrew Friedman, an assistant attorney, said during the trial. The jury found her not guilty of identity theft and device access fraud.

It is not yet clear how long Thompson will spend in prison. A jury found her guilty and then the judge decided on the verdict. Thompson can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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