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US: No wide data breaches at firms in cyberattack

NEWARK — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have provided new details on how an international cybercrime ring broken up this week accessed some customer accounts at more than a dozen leading financial institutions and payroll services.

According to an amended complaint filed Thursday, the hackers used a number of unlawful means to obtain customer log-ins information to steal millions of dollars.

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The government says no wider data breaches are alleged to have occurred.

Eight people are charged in the scheme, including Robert Dubuc of Malden, Mass., who was arrested at his home on Wednesday morning, and Lamar Taylor, another Massachusetts man who faces similar charges and was still being sought by authorities.

The two were allegedly footmen in a scheme organized by Oleksiy Sharapka, 33, of Kiev, who was deported from Massachusetts in 2012 after serving a 102-month prison sentence for running a similar scheme.

Customer accounts were targeted at Aon Hewitt, Automated Data Processing Inc., Citibank, E-Trade, Electronic Payments Inc., Fundtech Holdings LLC, iPayment Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, Nordstrom Bank, PayPal, TD Ameritrade, TIAA-CREF, USAA, Veracity Payment Solutions Inc. and the payroll arm of the Department of Defense.

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