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Alleged Capital One Hacker Struggled With Jobs, Personal Life

  • Roommates described Paige Thompson as brilliant introvert
  • Names, addresses, Social Security numbers accessed in breach
The home of Paige A. Thompson in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington on July 30.
The home of Paige A. Thompson in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington on July 30.Photographer: Spencer Soper/Bloomberg

She spent her days holed up in a lavender-painted bedroom, playing the video game Counter-Strike and pounding out posts that were variously boastful or tortured on different social-media channels.

Before being charged with a massive hack of Capital One Financial Corporation’s computer network, Paige Thompson, 33, lived with three roommates in a run-down house in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of south Seattle. Her roommates said they met at a support group for transgender people; Thompson identified herself as a transgender woman on Twitter.