JPMorgan Chase and four other big U.S. banks were hit by hackers earlier this month. The perps siphoned off customer and employee data, according to Bloomberg citing an unnamed U.S. official. A subsequent Bloomberg story pointed the finger at Russian hackers — it was unclear whether they were state-sponsored or not — as the probable culprits.
The FBI and Secret Service are looking into the matter and trying to determine whether the alleged Russian hackers acted in response to U.S.-imposed sanctions on Russia because of that country’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict, according to Bloomberg.
The purloined information — including customer checking and savings account data — could be used to take money out of accounts although there is no evidence of higher-than-normal fraud levels, according to the New York Times.