File - People walk by the JP Morgan & Chase Co. building in New York in this file photo from October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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The hackers who raided the data banks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. used computers now linked to possible attacks on at least 13 other financial companies, according to a source familiar with the investigation. More than a month after the JPMorgan hack was made public, it's now clear that the perpetrators had attempted a broad campaign aimed at a payroll-servicing company, a popular stock brokerage and some of the world's biggest banks. The group set its sights on companies including Citigroup Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, E*Trade Financial Corp., Regions Financial Corp. and Automatic Data Processing Inc., the payroll firm, according to several people familiar with those companies' internal probes who said the signs of intruders were found in the computers or logged by protective technology that effectively stopped the hackers. The number of companies said to have been at least probed by the hackers has ballooned rapidly. When the JPMorgan hack emerged on Aug. 27, U.S. officials said the attackers had targeted at least four other financial companies.
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