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FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

NEW YORK (AP) -- The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions.

A report on Bloomberg.com says the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers may have retaliated against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions against their country. Bloomberg says the attack led to the loss of sensitive data. It cites security experts saying the attack appeared "far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers."

JPMorgan spokeswoman Trish Wexler says big companies experience cyberattacks nearly every day. She says they have layers of defense to counteract threats and constantly monitor fraud levels.

The FBI says combating cyberthreats and criminals remains a top priority for the U.S. government.
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