In a petition filed Aug. 13 in federal court in Seattle, the Justice Department said Paige Thompson—the former Amazon employee accused of stealing data from Capital One’s credit card applications—did much more. , including “massive cyber intrusions that resulted in the theft of large amounts of data from what now appears to be more than 30 victim companies.” US Attorney for Western Washington Brian Moran’s submission is for a motion to keep Thompson in jail pending trial because he is a flight risk and “has a long history of threatening behavior that includes repeated threats to kill others, to kill himself, and to commit suicide by the police.”
Besides Capital One, the victim groups have not been named by Justice officials, but the filing said they include “other companies, educational institutions, and other companies.” The data from these sources that we reviewed now appear to be largely non-personally identifiable.
“At this point, however, the government continues to work to identify the specific companies from which data was stolen, as well as the type of data stolen from each individual,” Moran wrote in his filing. “The government expects to add additional charges to Thompson based on the nature of each data theft, as victims are identified and notified.”
Thompson is not believed to have sold or shared any of the data he stole or profited from it in any way. The copy of the data recovered by law enforcement during the search of Thompson’s home “contains the only copy of the stolen data that was created,” the filing states, but “it is too early to confirm that this is the case … the government is continuing its investigation, which It will take a significant amount of time and resources, given the large amount of future evidence to review. “
Thompson, who calls himself a “disorder” online, “appears to have significant mental health issues,” and would pose a threat to others and himself if released, Moran’s filing said. Thompson said in a direct message thread on Twitter that he’s “ready to check the fox” and that he “want (red) to die, and something to make it easier.” He also threatened to kill the police in the Twitter post, and the person who called them.
In 2018, two people filed for protective orders against Thompson. And police were called to Thompson’s home twice in 2019. In March, he “became violent with his housemates” and then threatened to use a fake gun to commit “suicide by police” when the police were called. . In May, Moran said, “police were called to Thompson’s residence after Thompson contacted an acquaintance at a California engineering office and threatened to travel to the company’s campus in California and to ‘release up’ the office. One of Thompson’s associates had a collection of assault rifles, Moran said.