The cybersecurity specialist reports an increase of 16 percent, with Russia, Germany and India among the hardest hit countries.
Attacks with so-called bank trojans, as designated by Kaspersky, are now the most popular hackers. Especially when the purpose of the attacks is to make financial gains. According to the cybersecurity expert, the virus steals the credentials of its victims' online payment systems and online banking through the interception of one-time passwords, sending their data to the hackers responsible for the trojans.
According to a report by Kaspersky Lab, 889,452 users were attacked, of which 25% were from the corporate sector. Russia will have been the most attacked country in 2018, representing more than 22% of global users attacked with banking malware. This is followed by Germany with more than 20% and India with almost 4%. The expert highlights the RTM banking trojan as the most "explosive" of 2018, prompting users to make payments from computers that take notice.
Kaspersky claims that in 2018, the share of financial phishing decreased from 53.8% to 44.7%, but about one in five attempts to load a phishing page blocked by anti-virus related to the banking component. Phishing linked to payment systems and online stores accounted for almost 14% and 8.9%, respectively during the year 2018. However, it dropped 1% over 2017. Mac users saw growth to 57.6% relative to financial phishing.
Smartphones also did not escape hackers. In 2018, the number of users affected by banking malware has tripled to 1,799,891 worldwide. About 85% of the general attacks come from three families of banking malware. In this segment, Russia maintains the leadership of victims, followed by South Africa and the United States as the most affected.
Kaspersky experts leave some tips to prepare and prevent any attacks. Because attacks are typically done on websites, be aware of where you use your credit card when shopping. Suspect strange or unfamiliar pages. There are also several antivirus solutions available in the market.