1 million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers accessed after US bank hacked

Capital One said six million people in Canada could have had personal information taken by the hacker. In the US, that figure is 100 million.

A million Social Insurance Numbers belonging to people in Canada were compromised.

The breach affects people who applied for, or who have, a Capital One credit card.

"While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened," said Richard D. Fairbank, chairman and CEO of the bank.

"I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right."

The attack occurred on July 19.

Capital One said it “immediately fixed” the vulnerability.

The FBI has since arrested the “highly sophisticated individual” responsible.

The bank said it believes it unlikely that the information accessed was used for fraud or was disseminated.

Capital One said it would inform affected customers.

It added that the hack is expected to cost between US$100 and $150 million.

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