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Vendors come under scrutiny following Wall St cyberattacks

They may be required to inform their bank customers of the strength of their defences

The sweeping effort began before the hack on JPMorgan, which compromised some of the personal account information of 76 million households and seven million small businesses - PHOTO: AFP

New York

RECENT huge cyberattacks on JPMorgan Chase and a dozen other financial institutions are accelerating efforts by US federal and state authorities to push banks and brokerage firms to close some gaping holes in their defences.

Top officials at the Treasury Department are