Attacks with banking Trojans or ‘bankers’ are among the most popular for cyber criminals as they are focused directly on financial gain. This kind of malware steals credentials for e-payment and online banking systems from victims, intercepting one-time passwords, and then sending the data to the attackers behind the Trojan.
Of 889,452 attacked users, almost 25% were corporate ones, a figure that has remained fairly consistent for the last three years. According to Kaspersky Lab experts, the reason behind this is clear: while attacks on consumers will only provide access to banking or payment system accounts, successful hits on employees can also compromise a company’s financial resources.
The collected data also shows that Russia became the most targeted nation in 2018, accounting for over 22% of global users attacked with banking malware. It is followed by Germany (with a share of over 20%) and India (almost 4%).
“When it comes to individual users, we can say that 2018 didn’t give them much respite from financial threats. Our data showsthatinfamous bankers are still there, increasing their attacks and hunting for money. Of particular interest was the RTM banking Trojan, whose explosive growth pumped up the figures for 2018. We therefore urge users to be cautious when conducting financial operations online from PCs. Don’t underestimate the professionalism of modern cybercriminals by leaving your computer unprotected,” said Oleg Kupreev, security expert at Kaspersky Lab.
The key findings of the report are:
Android banking malware:
In order to protect themselves from financial phishing, Kaspersky Lab experts advise users to take the following measures:
For business, Kaspersky Lab experts advise the following:
To learn more about financial phishing and the other findings of the report, Financial Cyberthreats in 2018, read our blogpost on Securelist.com
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