Lawmakers push cyber law after JPMorgan hack

Lawmakers are calling for action on cybersecurity legislation following news that 76 million household accounts were affected in a massive hack at JPMorgan Chase.

Though Congress has so far been unable to advance major cybersecurity legislation, some lawmakers said that should change.

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“The longer we wait to take action, the more vulnerable we become, and as we've seen today, Americans will pay the price,” Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingFeinstein seeks contact with FBI informant in Russia nuclear bribery case Overnight Finance: Trump calls for ObamaCare mandate repeal, cuts to top tax rate | Trump to visit Capitol Hill in tax reform push | CBO can't do full score before vote | Bipartisan Senate bill would ease Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Regulation: Bipartisan Senate bill would curb Dodd-Frank rules | Opioid testing rule for transport workers finalized | Google faces state antitrust probe | Dems want investigation into FCC chief MORE (I-Maine) said in a statement late on Thursday, after the Wall Street giant disclosed that information about 76 million household accounts and 7 million small business accounts had been stolen.

“Congress must work to pass legislation that will improve our capabilities and protect us against more attacks like these,” King added. “The next Pearl Harbor will be cyber, and shame on us if we're not prepared for it.”

Hackers stole people’s names, addresses and other contact information, but not account data or passwords, the bank said.

Sen. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban FCC votes to limit program funding internet access for low-income communities Two GOP senators oppose Trump’s EPA chemical safety nominee MORE (D-Mass.) called the hack “yet another example of how Americans’ most sensitive personal information is in danger.”

"It is time to pass legislation to protect Americans against these massive data breaches,” he added.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) tweeted that the U.S. “must keep up on cybersecurity.”

Congress has looked to pass some type of anti-hacking bill for years.

The effort got a boost nearly a year ago, after a major data breach at Target compromised 40 million shoppers’ credit and debit cards. But subsequent attacks at other outlets — including this summer’s theft of 56 million people’s card data from Home Depot — has yet to result in legislation.

With Congress scheduled to hold only a short session after the November elections, the issue is likely to go unaddressed until at least next year.