Malware built to steal money from banks raises 60 percent increase in Q1

Malware built to steal money from banks raises 60 percent increase in Q1

Malware built to steal money from banks raises 60 percent increase in Q1

While revealing a worrisome global trend, security researchers have found that the number of malware files prepared for stealing credentials and money from bank accounts of the users has increased to about 30,000 in the first quarter of 2019, whereas in the last quarter This increase has increased from 18,500 to 60 per cent.

Cyber ​​security firm Kaspersky Lab reported that mobile banking trojans are among the fastest-growing, malicious and dangerous types of malware. They usually steal money directly from the bank accounts of mobile users, but often their purpose changes to steal other types of credentials.

Malware usually looks like a legitimate app, such as banking applications. When a victim tries to reach his real bank app, the attackers get access to it. In Q1 2019, Kaspersky Lab discovered about the modifications of different families of approximately 30,000 banking Trojans, trying to attack 312,235 unique users.

"The rapid increase of mobile financial malware is a sign of trouble, especially when we see how criminals are eliminating their distribution mechanisms," said Victor Chebyshev, a security researcher at the Kaspersky Lab, in a statement. "For example, in a dropper for a recent trend, the Banking Trojan is hidden - the shell that flies to the device under the security radar, releasing only the malicious part on arrival," said chebyshev.

A new version of Asacub malware is all banking Trojans that are attacking users for 58.4 percent, in the report said. Asacub first appeared in 2015. The attackers spent two years finishing their distribution plan and, as a result, malware peaked in 2018, when it attacked 13,000 users a day.

Since then, the rate of dissemination has closed down, although it remains a powerful threat - in Q1 2019, Kaspersky Lab Asacub detected users targeting on average one day at 82,200. Security researchers said, in order to reduce the risk of infection with banking Trojans, users should install applications from the official app store, only from reliable sources. Kaspersky Lab said that its solution was detected and 843,06,661 malicious attacks have been removed from resources located in 203 countries around the world.


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