Regulators Cite Cyber Attack Risks for Financial Firms

Malicious cyber attacks are increasingly aimed at core infrastructure of the securities markets and could present risks to the entire financial system, according to a research report released Tuesday by a group of international securities regulators.

The report, by staff of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, warns that cyber crime has become significantly more sophisticated, making it more challenging to defend against. Hackers are increasingly focusing on destabilizing attacks, particularly financial exchanges, with the aim of damaging public websites and online services. The report said hackers have yet to knock out critical systems or trading platforms that form the backbone at exchanges.

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