NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase’s alleged hackers were named Tuesday in what is being described as a widespread scheme that also hit a Boston-based mutual fund firm and the “most widely circulated financial news publication.”
JPMorgan Chase spokeswoman Patricia Wexler confirmed that the bank’s 2014 data breach, affecting 76 million households, was tied to Tuesday’s indictments.
“We appreciate the strong partnership with law enforcement in bringing the criminals to justice,” JPMorgan said in an emailed statement. “As we did here, we continue to cooperate with law enforcement in fighting cybercrime.”
Other victims include “one of the world’s largest financial services corporations, providing mutual fund” and online brokerage services based in Boston; an Omaha, Nebraska, based brokerage company; a New York-based online brokerage firm; and a Charlotte, N.C., financial services company.
The alleged hackers, including Gery Shanlon of Isreal, were also credited Tuesday with having pulled off the “largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history,” prosecutors said.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office unsealed an indictment against Shanlon and two other men, accusing them of hacking “several financial institutions, financial news publishers, and other companies.”
The details of the indictments will be announced at a 1 pm press conference at 1 St. Andrew’s Plaza.
In October, business publications owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., including The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, said they found evidence of hacking to their systems going as far back as 2012. A spokeswoman for Dow Jones did not immediately return a request for comment as to whether that breach was tied to Tuesday’s charges.
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