Paige Thompson, a former Amazon software engineer, took part in a high-profile case of hacking Capital One services and maliciously stealing computing power. Thompson scanned vulnerable web firewalls and improperly configured them to gain access to rented cloud servers.
Amazon engineer and illegal mining
According to the indictment, a former Amazon software engineer is accused of hacking Capital One data servers for unchecked miningMining
– is a type of activity for creating new blocks in the Blockchain to ensure proper system operation. Details of digital money. According to the report, from March to July 2019, Paige Thompson opened access to the servers of at least 30 institutions and hacked at least 100 million customer accounts.
At the same time, Thompson did not try to sell the hacked information, but used the stolen computing power for mining cryptocurrencies. Thompson hid his criminal activities using the TOR anonymous browser.
Law enforcement authorities detained the hacker after her “revelations” on GitHub, where she talked about the theft of information from the leased servers of Capital One Bank. The indictment also mentions three unnamed victims, including a government agency, a telecommunications conglomerate outside the United States, and a state research university. At the moment, Paige Thompson faces up to 20 years in prison.
This is not the first trouble associated with Amazon, a few days ago, due to disruptions in the work of the cloud on the Bitmax exchange, the Bitcoin exchange rate in orders fell to $1. It was possible to restore the normal cost only an hour after the incident.