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Hackers exploited an employee password to crack a JPMorgan Chase & Co. server and ultimately pull off one of the largest cyber-attacks ever, accessing data on 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, outlined the scope of the previously disclosed breach Thursday, assuring clients there's no evidence account numbers and passwords were compromised, even as names and contact data were exposed. JPMorgan said the threat now is phishing, in which criminals try to trick people into handing over more valuable data, such as user IDs and passwords.JPMorgan currently has 65 million customers and reaches half of all U.S. households, she said. Information on both current and former customers was exposed, as well as on some non-customers, including people who may have logged on to JPMorgan websites to conduct transactions with bank clients. Customers aren't liable for unauthorized transactions that are promptly reported to the bank, the company said.The incursion at JPMorgan, which is being probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, started in June, according to the people familiar with the bank's review.
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