UPDATE 2-U.S. commodities regulator delays traders report again after ION attack

(Updates with details from CFTC statement)


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CHICAGO, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will again postpone publication of a weekly Commitments of Traders report due on Friday after a ransomware attack on a unit of ION Markets, the agency said in a statement.

“Although the impact of the cyber-related incident at ION has been mitigated, firms that are responsible for reporting are continuing to experience some issues with respect to the submission of timely and accurate data to the CFTC,” it said.

A report will be issued after data from those firms is received and validated, the CFTC added.

The Commitments of Traders report – last published on Jan. 27 – details the positions of market players in several futures markets, including grains, oil, sugar, and coffee as well as financial derivatives such as currencies and bonds.

The CFTC last week said the weekly report would be “delayed until all trades can be reported,” following the ransomware attack.

Euronext also postponed until further notice a weekly report on positions held in its commodity derivatives.

Reuters earlier reported the latest delay, citing the ICE exchange and a CFTC email seen by Reuters sent to an analyst that said the CFTC “has not received all the data required.”

ICE Futures Europe said in a note to market operators that “due to the ongoing issue with a third-party software provider that continues to impact some clearing members’ ability to reconcile customer trades and positions” the report scheduled for Friday would not be published. (Reporting by Tom Polansek, Marcelo Teixeira and Susan Heavey; Editing by Paul Simao and Deepa Babington)

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