Russian hackers hacked JP Morgan and at least one other bank in mid-August; and now the FBI is investigating, according to two people who know of the probe. Gigabytes of sensitive data were lost. To get past JP Morgan’s elaborate security system for the data, experts say that those who did the hacking must be far beyond the ability of ordinary hackers. The incidents occurred at a low point between the US and Russia over the conflict in the Ukraine. The sophistication of the attacks does suggest a government link; but investigators are considering other possibilities as well, including cyber criminals in Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. According to JP Morgan spokeswoman Patricia Wexler, “Companies of our size unfortunately experience cyber attacks nearly every day. We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels.” The American and European sanctions have caused banks to deal differently with Russia, and this irritated many in that country. What do you think? Was this an attack by the Russian government, or cyber criminals? Photo credit: shutterstock.com
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