UPDATE 4-U.S. charges three in huge cyberfraud targeting JPMorgan, others

martes 10 de noviembre de 2015 16:27 GYT

* JPMorgan hacking compromised data for 83 million

* E*Trade, Fidelity, News Corp, TD Ameritrade also targeted (Adds comments from prosecutors, additional allegations, Atlanta indictment)

By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond

NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled criminal charges against three men accused of running a sprawling computer hacking and fraud scheme that included a huge attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co and generated hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal profit.

Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron and Ziv Orenstein, all from Israel, were charged in a 23-count indictment with alleged crimes targeting 12 companies, including nine financial services companies and media outlets including The Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors said the enterprise dated from 2007, and caused the exposure of personal information belonging to more than 100 million people.

"By any measure, the data breaches at these firms were breathtaking in scope and in size," and signal a "brave new world of hacking for profit," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a press conference in Manhattan.

The alleged enterprise included pumping up stock prices, online casinos, payment processing for criminals, an illegal bitcoin exchange, and the laundering of money through at least 75 shell companies and accounts around the world.

Tuesday's charges expand a case first announced in July, and according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch target "one of the largest thefts of financial-related data in history."   Continuación...