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Hackers charged in largest financial cybercrime ever

Hackers charged in largest financial cybercrime ever
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If you're not keeping your personal identity protected online, you'll want to now. Some of the best-known financial institutions were victimized by a cyberattack that affected millions of people, and caused big swings in stock market prices.

In fact, it's the largest cyberattack ever against financial companies in the United States. Now, three men are about to pay for their crimes.

These men, two from Israel and one from the U.S. who's living in Russia, accessed the financial records of more than 100 million people. They were charged with about two dozen crimes, including identity theft and computer hacking. The Securities and Exchange Commission had previously filed a civil case against these cybercriminals for securities fraud.

Their scheme lasted from 2012 to 2015, and affected a dozen financial institutions. Among those were Fidelity, and 83 million customers of J.P. Morgan.

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