The US Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a warning to stockbrokers about widespread phishing attacks.
FINRA is a non-profit organization and self-regulatory body authorized by the US Government to regulate markets foreign exchange and stockbroking companies.
According to FINRA, the organization supervises over 624.000 brokers across the country.
Phishing emails sent from a fake FINRA domain
The regulator of the financial industry said that the phishing messages are sent from a fake FINRA domain and are made to look like the ones sent by FINRA.
Member companies are invited to complete a survey by 13 October, with the information required by FINRA to "update the Code of Conduct and Supervision".
"The email was sent from the domain '@ regul-finra.org' and is preceded by 'info' followed by a number, e.g. email@example.com ", said the organization.
"FINRA recommends that anyone who clicked on any link or image in the email immediately inform the department security of his company for the incident. ”
As the domain regul-finra.org is not affiliated in any way with FINRA, member companies are invited to delete immediately any email they received from this domain.
FINRA also requested NameCheap, the domain registrar used for registration of this domain four days ago, to suspend services for regul-finra.org.
"FINRA reminds companies that they must verify the legitimacy of any suspicious emails before responding to it by opening any attachments or clicking on any embedded left-wing", The announcement states.
In August, FINRA warned members of some invaders using registered broker information to create compelling fishing sites.