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Obama's Info May Have Been Compromised in JP Morgan Hack

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 06:20 PM

A massive cyberattack of JP Morgan Chase affecting 76 million households conceivably could have included President Barack Obama, who was photographed happily hoisting his JP Morgan Select card during a visit to Austin, Texas, over the summer.

But JP Morgan isn't commenting on whether the president's personal information was compromised in the data breach disclosed in an SEC filing Thursday, Business Insider reports. 

Company spokesman Darin Oduyoye told the business and news site in an email JPMorgan was "not commenting" beyond their initial statement. JPMorgan spokesman Paul Hartwick added the company would not identify specific customers.

"To protect customers' privacy, we do not publicly confirm, deny or otherwise identify customers," Hartwick said.

The blog, Boarding Area, showed the president holding up a credit card, and the blog zoomed in to show it was a JP Morgan Select card.

According to the SEC filing, data from about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses was "compromised" in the hack attack disclosed on Thursday.

"User contact information - name, address, phone number and email address - and internal JPMorgan Chase information relating to such users have been compromised," the filing said.

"However, there is no evidence that account information for such affected customers – ccount numbers, passwords, user IDs, dates of birth or Social Security numbers – was compromised during this attack," according to the filing.

This statement would appear to contradict a New York Times report published in August that indicated hackers obtained "checking and savings account information" from JPMorgan in a "series of coordinated attacks," Business Insider reports.

Also in August, Bloomberg published a report that said the FBI was investigating a potential Russian hack into JPMorgan's systems.

The White House has not commented on whether the president's information was compromised.

It's been a tough week in terms of security for Obama.

Questions about security at the White House were raised after Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez jumped the fence in September and was not apprehended until he was deep into the building. It was also revealed that in 2011 shots were fired at the exterior of the White House and were not discovered until several days later by a housekeeper.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday.

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