Accused Capital One Hacker Can't Beat Computer Fraud Claim

By Ben Kochman (March 24, 2022, 9:46 PM EDT) -- Prosecutors have adequately claimed a former Amazon Web Services engineer breached a hotly debated computer crimes law by using stolen security credentials to extract the data of 106 million Capital One customers, a Washington federal judge has found.

In a ruling issued late Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik kept alive charges that Paige Thompson violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by exploiting firewall vulnerabilities on servers rented by AWS' clients, including Capital One and at least 29 other organizations.

Thompson's case is one of the first tests of the CFAA since the U.S. Supreme Court, in Van Buren...

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