Cybercriminals Hacked 15 Financial Firms for $15 Million Over 2 Years

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At least $15 million was stolen via online infiltration of 15 financial companies -- including JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), E*Trade (ETFC), PayPal (EBAY), TIAA-CREF, and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) -- overly a nearly two-year period. The perpetrators of the scheme were a group of hackers and identity thieves led by two Ukrainian nationals, according to authorities. Eight men have been charged, and four are in custody, the LA Times reports.

"Cybercriminals penetrated some of our most trusted financial institutions as part of a global scheme that stole money and identities from people in the United States," said New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman in a statement. The criminal complaint against the men alleges that they moved money from online accounts onto prepaid debit cards, then used the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs or make purchases throughout the United States. According to the LA Times, "Much of the money that was cashed out was wired to the two leaders."

One of those leaders is said to be Oleksiy Sharapka, a 33-year-old from Kiev who previously served a 102-month prison sentence for leading a similar conspiracy, after which he was deported from Massachusetts. Sharapka was allegedly working with Leonid "Lenny" Yanovitsky, 38, also of Kiev. According to The Boston Globe, two Bay State men have been arrested and are thought to have been "footmen in [the] scheme". A third Massachusetts man who was charged is still at large. The other suspects are from Brooklyn and Atlanta.

The other institutions that were hacked are Aon Hewitt, Automated Data Processing, Electronic Payments, Fundtech Holdings, iPayment, Nordstrom Bank, USAA, Veracity Payment Solutions and the Defense Department's Defense Finance and Accounting Service. According to an amended criminal complaint filed on Thursday, Sharapka & co. illegally obtained the login credentials of more than 130 ADP customers, which they used to access accounts and transfer $4 million. At least 40 Chase accounts were compromised, and $60,000 stolen, through similar means.

This is the second revelation in recent weeks about an international crime ring hacking bank accounts for millions. And while there's not much you can do regarding banks' internal safeguards, you can certainly take some precautions to reduce the odds that you personally will be a victim of hacking. Check out the gallery below for some tips:


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eyedocandynj55

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Scal8585

டெல்லி: மத்திய அமைச்சர்கள் கட்சிக்கு அனுப்பப்பட்ட நிலையில் மத்திய அமைச்சரவையில் இன்று மாற்றம் செய்யப்பட உள்ளது. ஜெய்ராம் ரமேஷும் தமது அமைச்சர் பதவியை ராஜினாமா செய்வார் எனத் தெரிகிறது. மத்திய...

June 17 2013 at 12:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
eyedocandynj55

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setanta54s_back

so what happened to marco_polo,etc ?

June 17 2013 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eyedocandynj55

ITS A GOOD THING

June 16 2013 at 11:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fred

Keep online banking, folks- it's sooooooooo safe......lol.

June 15 2013 at 8:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Beggy Forme

Obama has a new security act going into place.

June 15 2013 at 8:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ga7smi

petty theft

June 15 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
pliebendor

I don't codone any form of stealing but how much have these finincial institutions stole from the public through fraudlent actions. A 1000 times more than this report says has been taken from them

June 15 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
setanta54s_back

internationaL crime ring a ding ding.............
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and HOW MUCH DEBT has every man woman and child been saddled with DUE TO this feral gubmint ?
did WE ASK for this ?
is this VOLUNTARY on and FOR our behalf ????
only OObummer VOTERS and APOLOGISTS know.

June 15 2013 at 10:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply