House Republicans ask Capitol One and Amazon for briefing on data breach

Republican members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform this week sent open letters to both Capital One and Amazon, requesting that both companies arrange a briefing with Congressional staff members regarding Capital One’s recently announced data breach.

Last Monday, McLean, Va.-based Capital One Financial Corporation publicly acknowledged that an unauthorized individual leveraged a misconfigured web application firewall last March to access the finance company’s files, hosted on Amazon Web Services S3 servers. Paige A. Thompson, 33, a former AWS employee in Seattle, was arrested in connection with the breach, which affects 106 million individuals in the U.S. and Canada.

“The Committee regularly conducts oversight of data breaches at financial institutions,” says a letter addressed to Capital One Chairman and CEO Richard Fairbank, signed by Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), committee Ranking Member; Michael Cloud (R-Texas); ranking member of the subcommittee on economic and consumer policy; and Mark Meadows, ranking member of the subcommittee on government operations. (R-N.C.) “To help us more fully understand Capital One’s recent incident and its potential to affect millions of Americans, we ask that you please arrange for a staff-level briefing on the incident, its nature and scope, as well as Capital One’s response to the disclosure.”

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