JPMorgan’s Corporate Challenge Data Was Breached

October 20, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

As if 76 million households weren’t enough, it has been learned that the JPMorgan Chase data breach this past summer has even more potential victims: participants in the banking giant’s Corporate Challenge series of charitable races.

A representative from JPMorgan Chase declined to comment on the breach.

This summer, a massive breach in the JPMorgan Chase system affected about 76 million households and 10 million small businesses. No financial information was compromised, according to the financial institution. Executives originally estimated the number affected to be around 1 million, but a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing early in October revealed otherwise. The attack reportedly began in June and was discovered in July.

According to written reports, hackers gained access to participants’ Challenge website passwords and contact information. The website has been stripped down and has reportedly been largely inaccessible since August. Only three items remain on the page —  results from the Sept. 17 race in San Francisco and information for upcoming races in Shanghai and Sydney. “We’re sorry that other content on this website isn’t available right now. We’re working on it,” according to a message on the site.

The bank reportedly discovered the breach to the Corporate Challenge website in early August, a week after the larger attack. The Corporate Challenge was founded in 1977, and since then, more than 2 million corporate professionals have run in the 3.5-mile races, according to the JPMorgan Chase website. Some $700,000 was donated last year and about the same will be donated this year. JPMorgan Chase establishes the donation amount and chooses a nonprofit in the race city based on prior relationship.

According to the race series’ Facebook page, the Corporate Challenge will be held in 13 cities in seven countries in 2014, including China, Australia, Germany and the U.K. All but two have been run. The most recent event, in San Francisco, benefitted Year Up. The series will have had about 270,000 participants through the end of the year, according to a release on the JPMorgan Chase website.