J. P. Morgan hackers reportedly targeted other financial institutions

Last week’s revelation that a J. P. Morgan cyber attack compromised data from 76 million households was bad enough. But it could have been much worse if hackers had had their way, according to a published report.

Citing unnamed people familiar with the J. P. Morgan breach, the Wall Street Journal said the hackers who attacked the bank also tried to infiltrate a number of other financial institutions, although those companies have maintained that the illegal cyber probes appear to have been unsuccessful.

However, it’s still not clear how much information the hackers obtained.

While J. P. Morgan said the crooks got customer names, phone names and email addresses, it insisted that bank account numbers, passwords and Social Security numbers weren’t accessed. But the breach remains under investigation.

Illustration by KRT archives.



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