US banks, Norwegian energy firms latest cyberattack victims

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Large-scale cyberattacks used to make the tech headlines on a monthly, and then weekly, basis. But the pace has increased to almost daily now, with the latest being word of cyberattacks against several financial institutions and approximately 300 energy firms in Norway.

According to an article at Computerworld, the latest U.S. targets include JPMorgan Chase and four other U.S. financial institutions.

"A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said Wednesday the agency is working with the Secret Service to determine the 'scope' of reported cyberattacks against several financial institutions," the article noted.

While a JPMorgan spokeswoman did not confirm that the bank had been attacked, she was quoted as saying, "companies of our size unfortunately experience cyberattacks nearly every day. We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels."

Some headlines this morning suggested that these latest cyberattacks could be originating in Russia. The Computerworld article also made note of such a possible connection.

"Media reports speculated the attacks could be in retaliation due to sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, but the motives remain unclear," the article said.

The New York Times reported that "gigabytes" of information were stolen from the banks, including customer account information. And Bloomberg reported that one of the attacks was executed via a zero-day vulnerability, which is a security flaw for which there is no fix.

Meanwhile, approximately 300 Norwegian energy companies were targeted in one of the largest cyberattacks in that country, FierceITSecurity reports.

The National Security Authority Norway (NSM) said that 50 oil companies had been hacked and another 250 firms were being advised to check their networks for a breach.

For more:
- check out the Computerworld article

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