Today we are checking into https://brokerregulator.com to ensure that they are giving out quality information. They seem to have a habit of putting companies like Trading212 and Spread Ex alongside when they are different types of trading altogether, which can be a sign that they are just mentioning good traders to gain confidence to peddle bad traders, but we shal reserve our judgement until we have evidence, good or bad.
On their website they say:
We are an independent organisation responsible for regulating financial services .
The FSA was set up by government. The government is responsible for the overall scope of our regulatory activities and powers.
We regulate most financial services markets, exchanges and firms. We set the standards that they must meet and can take action against firms if they fail to meet the required standards.
You cannot regulate unless you are a government body with certain powers, as otherwise you can enforce no fine or penalty, so this claim seems erroneous to say the least, it is most likely fraudulent, but would only fool a fool, so it seems odd.
The About link at the bottom of the page just goes to # which is presumably a mistake or oversight. The About link at the top of the page works though, and leads us to this:
The Broker Regulator is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization that aims to provide maximum transparency of financial markets, including actively developing markets of electronic currencies and crypto-currencies, and attracting investments through the ICO, through the competent and comprehensive regulation.
That doesn't make any sense, financially, legally or even in English! This site is definitely questionable. The copyright is still at 2017 in the corner, so the information is definitely not up-to-date.
Let us check their IP:
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% Information related to '126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52'
% Abuse contact for '184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11' is firstname.lastname@example.org
inetnum: 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124
remarks: This IP space is used by Abelohost clients email@example.com
remarks: Most of the clients are using /32(one IP) for each service.
status: ASSIGNED PA
person: Agasi Bahishev
address: Beatrixstraat 30
phone: +31 6 15164604
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BrokerReguator.com use https://abelohost.com/ for their hosting who are actually a hosting company specialising in offshore hosting.Offshore hosting for a broker regulator website??? Does this mean that they are not accountable to any country, in international waters? Or does it simply mean they are in St Vincents and the Grenadines specialising in financially questionable companies that wish to remain out of the jurisdiction of the FBI/FCA?
Let's have a look at their website claims:
So they begin with our question - What is Offshore Hosting?
The literal definition of offshore hosting that we recognize is the process of your hosting your data in a different country other than your own. However, there are more characteristics to offshore hosting, which we’ll outline below;
No that's not the definition of offshore at all, but let's keep going.
- Offshore hosting providers value data privacy of their customers immensely, and the laws of the country in which it is located reflect this value as well – it doesn’t permit corrupt or non-corrupt entities from retrieving data to serve their benefits at the cost of clients’ privacy in any form;
How would you know what they value exactly? This statement seems unprofessional and disingenuous. You don't mention which country you are in (Netherlands) but that is understandable considering your niche market. No matter what happens, no one has any right to look at the data on the servers, well that is definitely something that will please companies.
- Offshore hosting providers have a more flexible content policy, which does not violate the laws of a democratic, first-world country. For example, we allow the expression of one’s political views in a country where freedom of speech is not tolerated, or sharing sensitive and relevant information in a country where freedom of press is not permitted.
Yes those are two positive examples, but how flexible is your policy? Would you consider fraud to be unacceptable if it was perpetrated against people in another country? Well let's move on..
What can you host with us?
Our offshore hosting solutions are meant:
1) for those who wish to host their data outside of their own country; You said that already - this website feels wrong, like it was written by one person and never re-read.
2) for those who do not want their data or identity shared with third parties; Who wants that?
3) for those who want to express themselves through freedom of speech; Who doesn't want that?
4) for those who want to host adult, gambling, movie websites, etc. Ah, well movies are adequately copyrighted in whichever country licenses their viewing, so why would you need that if it is legal? Gambling might be useful for the Chinese I suppose as it is illegal there, but adult? Why would that need to be offshore?
This doesn’t mean that you can engage in illegal activities, which we strictly forbid. This includes, but is not limited to, spam, phishing, and fraud. We’ll immediately close your account and blacklist all your labels. To see the full prohibition list, click here.
So let's have a look at the list, but if no one ever looks at the data on the servers, we're at a loss as to how it could be enforced: https://abelohost.com/acceptable-use-policy/
The following is a list of content that is not accepted in our servers and network: Once again, you just said that, is this really a company?
– Any type of activity that can lead to the IP being blocked by organizations such as Spamhaus
– Under Legal Age Nudity
– Scam/Fraudulent Websites
– Illegal pharmaceutical websites
– Any websites associated with hacks or cheats
– Mass mailing
– Reverse proxies
– Selling illegal substances
– Phishing websites
– Botnet controllers
– DDoS scripts
– Brute Force attacks
– Packet Flood scripts
– SIP Scanners
– IP Spoofing Attacks
– Virus / Trojan / Malware Distribution
– Scanning of password and password guessing tools, bots and/or software
– Vulnerability scanners
– Terrorist Websites
– Anything related to forex
– Unlicensed IPTV services
– Anything related to in-game virtual currencies and generators thereof
– The sale or distribution of replica items
Well Any type of activity that can lead to the IP being blocked by organizations such as Spamhaus and Spam are the same thing again. Phishing websites are usually on Google or Amazon servers nowadays, as they don't seem to care, and hackers don't buy hosting as it makes them traceable, but the most confusing part is 'Anything related to ForEX' which BrokerRegulator.com most definitely is. We had best email firstname.lastname@example.org ao that they can address this.
OK well we shall report back when we hear from their support team and confirm if they are really blocking all ForEX or are actually hosting more than just a broker review site.
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 is their whole range so it will only represent 250 servers.
They seem to be related to these hosters in Holland:
WebArk Group B.V.
6981 GN, Doesburg , GELDERLAND Netherlands
Company Type: Private Limited Company Independent
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
But this website times out when CloudFlare try to connect, which seems odd for a colocation/connectivity provider.