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FBI investigates mass hacking of US banks

Attacks on JP Morgan and others "beyond capability of ordinary hackers", with suggestions of Russian involvement.

Last updated: 28 Aug 2014 03:08
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FBI sources said they suspected the attack was a retaliation against sanctions [AFP]

The FBI and the US secret service are investigating hacking attacks on JP Morgan and several other financial institutions which siphoned off huge amounts of data and account details

The AP news agency on Thursday cited a report on Bloomberg saying the FBI was investigating an attack on JP Morgan, with suggestions that Russian hackers may have retaliated against US government-sponsored sanctions.

We are working with the United States secret service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber-attacks.

FBI statement.

The attack, Bloomberg said, led to the loss of sensitive data. It did not elaborate.

The New York Times, quoted sources as saying JP Morgan and at least four other firms were hit this month by co-ordinated attacks which siphoned off huge amounts of data, including customer account information.

Bloomberg cited security experts saying that the attack appeared "far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers."

The FBI said it was investigating the reports without confirming details.

"We are working with the United States secret service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber-attacks against several American financial institutions," a spokesman said.

The US has introduced a number high-level sanctions against Russian leaders and industries over the conflict in Ukraine between the government and Russian-backed separatists.

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