Ex-Amazon web services engineer found guilty of hacking 100 million customer data

San Francisco, June 19: A former engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud arm of retail giant Amazon, has been found guilty of hacking into the cloud storage systems of more than 100 million customers and stealing data related to the Capital One breach in 2019.

Paige Thompson, a 36-year-old former techie, was found guilty in US District Court in Seattle of seven federal felonies related to her scheme to hack into cloud computer data storage accounts and steal data and power computer for his own benefit. Amazon sells bucket for Rs 26,000 after discount, baffled netizens ask ‘what kind of loot is it’

She was arrested in July 2019 after Capital One alerted the FBI to Thompson’s hacking activity.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik on September 15, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

“Thompson used his hacking skills to steal the personal information of more than 100 million people and hijacked computer servers to mine cryptocurrency,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said.

“Far from being an ethical hacker trying to help companies with their IT security, she exploited errors to steal valuable data and sought to enrich herself,” Brown added.

Thompson was convicted of wire fraud, five counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer, and damaging a protected computer. The jury found her not guilty of access device fraud and aggravated impersonation.

“She wanted data, she wanted money, and she wanted to brag,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Friedman said.

The intrusion into Capital One’s accounts affected more than 100 million US customers. The company was fined $80 million and settled its customer lawsuits for $190 million.

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