FXCM Says Hackers Transferred Money From Customer AccountsSteve Dickson
FXCM Inc. said computer hackers made “a small number” of unauthorized wire transfers from customer accounts and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the breach.
“All funds have been returned to the appropriate accounts and the customers have been contacted,” the New York-based foreign-exchange broker said Thursday in a statement. “FXCM received an e-mail from a hacker claiming to have unlawful access to customer information.”
FXCM immediately notified the FBI of the incursion and is cooperating, according to the statement. The company said it’s working with a cybersecurity firm to conduct “an extensive forensic investigation to determine the scope of the incident and identify affected customers.”
The currency-trading firm almost collapsed in January after a surge in the Swiss franc, prompting a bailout by Leucadia National Corp., the parent of investment bank Jefferies Group.
FXCM shares plunged 95 percent this year. The company announced a 1-for-10 reverse stock split that takes effect today.