FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, a man walks across the street from a Capital One location in San Francisco. A security breach at Capital One Financial, one of the nation's largest issuers of credit cards, compromised the personal information of about 106 million people, and in some cases the hacker obtained Social Security and bank account numbers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Republicans want Capital One, Amazon to explain data breach

August 01, 2019 - 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee want Capital One and Amazon to explain to Congress how a hacker accessed the personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications.

The incident was the latest massive data breach at a large company.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and other Republicans have asked for a staff-level briefing by Aug 15. Jordan is the committee's top Republican.

In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the lawmakers note that Capital One data was stored on a cloud service provided by Amazon Web Services. The suspected hacker is a former Amazon software engineer.

The lawmakers also want Capital One to describe the scope of the incident and the company's response.

The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters Thursday.

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