Third Hacker Arrested In JP Morgan Breach Case

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A third suspect alleged to be responsible for the 2014 JPMorgan Chase data breach, which resulted in the compromise of data linked to more than 83 million customers has been arrested.

32-yr-old Joshua Samuel Aaron was arrested at JFK International Airport after waiving extradition and asylum in Russia “to responsibly address the charges”.

Aaron, aka “Mike Shields,” was one of three men indicted in November 2015 for the massive hack and fraud scheme.

Aaron, a U.S. citizen, had been living in Moscow. He, along with co-defendants Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein, who were both arrested by Israeli authorities in July 2015 and extradited to the U.S. in June 2016, face charges that include securities fraud, wire fraud, market manipulation, identification document fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

The trio has been accused of ripping off the data of more than 100 people, and then using it in schemes such as stock manipulation that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit gains.

The Chase breach resulted in the compromise of contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, linked to 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.

According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, the JPMorgan caper represents the largest theft of customer data from a US financial institution in history.

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