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United States v. Paige Thompson

Case Summary:

Paige Thompson was a former software engineer at a Seattle technology company.  She was charged in a criminal complaint with computer fraud and abuse for an intrusion on the stored data of Capital One Financial Corporation.  According to the criminal complaint, Thompson posted on the information sharing site GitHub about her theft of information from the servers storing Capital One data. The intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data.  On July 17, 2019, a GitHub user who saw the post alerted Capital One to the possibility it had suffered a data theft.  After determining on July 19, 2019, that there had been an intrusion into its data, Capital One contacted the FBI.  Cyber investigators were able to identify Thompson as the person who was posting about the data theft.  FBI agents executed a search warrant at Thompson’s residence and seized electronic storage devices containing a copy of the data. 


Defendant(s):  United States v. Paige Thompson

Detention Hearing:  August 15, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m., Courtroom 12B

Detention Hearing (rescheduled):  August 23, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m, Courtroom 12B

Court Dates: 

Arraignment:  September 5, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m., Courtroom 12B

Arraignment:  September 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Courtroom 12B.  This hearing will be conducted remotely through videoconferencing.

Trial:  November 4, 2019, Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:  March 2, 2020. Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:  October 19, 2020, Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:  February 8, 2021, Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:   June 7, 2021, Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:  July 12, 2021, Courtroom 15106

Trial Continuation:  October 18, 2021, Courtroom 15106

Court Documents:

Complaint:  United States v. Paige Thompson

Superseding Indictment: United States v. Paige Thompson



Press Release:


Updated June 21, 2021

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