The Autorité des Marchés Financiers issues a warning to regulated market participants about a case of fraudulent and malicious use of its name and of a link to a fake website claiming to be that of the AMF
A financial institution has informed the AMF that it received an email on Friday 19 October 2018, purportedly sent by an AMF relationship manager, inviting it to download a five-page Word document overviewing information on "several search modules recently made available to financial institutions jointly by the AMF and the ACPR".
The file in question is hosted on a site claiming to be that of the AMF. It contains sophisticated malicious content aimed at taking control of the workstation of the individual having opened the document.
Technical investigations are still under way,
Nevertheless, the AMF invites companies that receive such an email to:
- not click on the embedded link;
- implement the appropriate blocking measures;
- and contact the AMF investor helpline (AMF Epargne Info Service) on +33 (0)1 5345 6200 from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
The AMF has transmitted the technical items in its possession to the Centre for the Operational Security of Information Systems of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI). The AMF also intends to send these items to the public prosecutor.
Update of 26/10/2018: For information, the domain name of the malicious site is "amf-fr.org". The AMF strongly recommends not visiting this site to avoid any risk of infection.
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