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Paige Thompson's Twitter page on July 30, 2019. Thompson's online handle was "erratic."
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Paige Thompson's Twitter page on July 30, 2019. Thompson's online handle was "erratic."
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Capital One hacking case extends to dozens more companies, prosecutors say

The Seattle woman charged in the massive Capital One hacking case is now accused of stealing terabytes of data from more than 30 other companies and institutions.

Federal prosecutors make the allegations against Paige A. Thompson in a new court filing that argues she should be held without bail because she’s a threat to others and herself.

Here are some details of the filing:

  • Prosecutors say Thompson stole terabytes of data from dozens of companies, educational institutions and other sources. None of the companies was identified. She was already accused of stealing personal information of more than 100 million people in the Capital One case. The filing notes that Thompson says she didn't sell or give out any of the data she's accused of taking. But prosecutors said they expected to file additional charges.
  • Documents allege that Thompson harassed and stalked a couple for seven years, and the couple got a protection order in King County Superior Court. In police reports filed in the case, the couple says Thompson harassed them in emails and texts and on social media. They say she left notes and items on their porch. “We moved to get away from her,” they say.
  • The filing alleges that Thompson threatened a housemate in March and said she would use “retrieve a fake gun in the house and use it to commit ‘suicide by cop.’”
  • Thompson is accused of telling a friend that she would shoot up an office of an unnamed California tech company. A police report says officers in Mountain View, California, investigated and believed that Thompson did not pose an immediate threat.

Thompson was scheduled to be in federal court in Seattle on Thursday for a detention hearing, but the U.S. Attorney's Office said it was postponed a week to Aug 22.