Five individuals so far have been charged by authorities for their alleged connection to the cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase last year.
None of the men so far seem to be charged with a specifically computer-oriented crime; instead, they are facing charges that range from fraud to money laundering. Officials have confirmed there is a connection between these crimes and the attack — though they did not elaborate what the connection is exactly.
The defendants were charged in Manhattan federal court yesterday (July 21). Separately, the SEC filed civil charges against three of the five defendants accusing them of stock price manipulation. Four of the men were arrested in Florida and Israel — and one remains at large. So far, no official documents explain the men’s connection to the JPMorgan hacking last summer.
For those who no longer recall, JPMC saw contact information for about 76 million households worldwide stolen. The stolen information included names, phone numbers and email addresses. Account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth were not part of that breach.