Phishers fingered

Financial Crime

Regulators and law enforcement agencies are alarmed by the speed of the increase. At the end of September, for example, the US Securities and Exchange Commission notified broker Smith Barney that it was the subject of repeated phishing attacks. An email alerted customers of an ‘upgrade’ to the firm’s software, then directed them to the firm’s actual website. There, a pop-up box from the fraudsters requests automated teller information.

This journalist alone has received two separate emails over

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