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JPMorgan Chase customers targeted with phishing attacks to steal data

The Smash and Grab phishing technique aims to steal credentials and infect PCs with malware to compromise an even higher number of Internet users
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:29 pm

Cybercriminals recently targeted JPMorgan Chase customers with a curious phishing attack designed to steal banking credentials and infect PCs so other usernames and passwords could be collected. JMorgan is the No. 1 bank in the United States based on assets, and confirmed the "Smash and Grab" cyberattack targeting its customers.

 

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It seems spam filters stopped a large portion of the attacks, but the phishing scam looks authentic, so it likely did compromise customers. In addition to stealing JPMorgan Chase credentials, attached malware also targets Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup customers.

 

Financial institutions are struggling to try to defend customers from cyberattacks - and the use of social engineering is rising, with cybercriminals simply tricking users into providing the data. However, it's rather curious that these spammers are including malware that steals credentials of other banks, because it's more likely to be detected.

NEWS SOURCES:Reuters.com, Sendaibank.com

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