Number of users attacked by banking Trojans grew by 16 pc in 2018: Kaspersky

New Delhi: Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said on Monday that 8.89 lakh of its users were attacked by banking Trojans in 2018, marking an increase of nearly 16 per cent as compared to 7.67 lakh users in 2017.

Attacks with banking Trojans or ‘bankers’ are among the most popular for cybercriminals 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 attackers behind the Trojan.

Kaspersky said the collected data shows that Russia became the most targeted nation last year, accounting for over 22 per cent of global users attacked with banking malware. It is followed by Germany (with a share of over 20 per cent) and India (almost 4 per cent).

“When it comes to individual users, we can say that 2018 didn’t give them much respite from financial threats. Our data show that infamous bankers are still there, increasing their attacks and hunting for money,” said Oleg Kupreev, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab.

In 2018, the number of users that encountered Android banking malware more than tripled to 1,799,891 worldwide.
To keep credentials safe, it is important to apply the same level of vigilance and security across all devices — whether desktop, laptop or mobile.