Two Israeli nationals were extradited from Israel to the United States to face charges stemming from network intrusions at several financial institutions, including the JPMorgan Chase bank, and a major news publication, US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement on Thursday.

According to US prosecutors, Shalon and Orenstein, collaborated with Joshua Aaron, a US citizen who has yet to be arrested, in directing numerous large-scale criminal cyber hacks that targeted financial institutions.

“Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein, two of the alleged perpetrators of the cybercrime… have been successfully extradited from Israel to the United States,” Bharara stated.

In November 2015, Bharara described the breach as the largest theft of customer data from US financial institutions in history.

The defendants also allegedly targeted news publications, pharmaceutical companies, online casinos and electronic currency exchanges, which earned them hundreds of millions of US dollars in illicit proceeds between 2007 and 2015.

Shalon, Aaron and Orenstein face charges of money laundering, computer hacking and fraud. If convicted, they face to 20 years in prison.


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