WASHINGTON (10/8/14)--With the recently reported data breach at JPMorgan Chase affecting as many as 76 million households and seven million small businesses, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has requested a hearing to examine the breach.
Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested the committee convene such a hearing in a letter sent Tuesday to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the committee.
"According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, JPMorgan Chase reported that this data security breach compromised account holder names, addresses and phone numbers but not necessarily passwords," Cummings wrote, adding that The New York Times reported approximately nine other financial institutions were affected.
The New York Times report cites sources that say the hackers are thought to be operating from Russia and "appear to have at least loose connection with officials of the Russian government."
Cummings said in his letter that the JPMorgan breach comes in the wake of similar breaches at Home Depot, Target and others.
"I believe that conducting an investigation of the data security breach at JPMorgan Chase and the other entities I have highlighted previously will help the committee learn from these corporations about security vulnerabilities they have experienced, in order to better protect our federal information technology assets," he wrote.
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