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Alleged Capital One hacker barely bothered to hide

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 02:07:20-04

SEATTLE (AP) — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking Capitol One made little effort to hide her actions.

In fact, Paige Thompson’s online behavior suggested that she may have been preparing to get caught. More than six weeks before her arrest Monday, Thompson discussed the Capital One hack online with friends in chats and in a group she created on the Slack messaging service.

Those chats and the recollections of others offer a sketch of someone talented and troubled, grappling with what friends and her own posts indicate was a bumpy crossroads in her life.

Thompson is in federal custody pending an Aug. 15 detention hearing. Her lawyer did not return an emailed request for comment.