A Kaspersky report revealed a worrying increase in the number of malicious software designed to steal credit and money from bank accounts, with 29,841 files found in the first quarter of 2019, up from 18,501 files discovered in the fourth quarter of last year.

Attacks on more than 300,000 users have been discovered, with bank-based trojans targeting mobile banking services as one of the most sophisticated, flexible and dangerous forms of malware.

In the last quarter of 2018, these bank hijackers accounted for 1.85 percent of all malware targeting mobile phones, while their share in the first quarter of 2019 was 3.24 percent.

Money is usually stolen directly from bank accounts for mobile phone users but sometimes its purpose is diverted to steer it towards theft of other types of credentials.

Highlights of the report for the first quarter of 2019 include that Kaspersky’s solutions discovered and prevented 843,096,461 malicious attacks from Internet sources in 203 countries. Web anti-virus components also identified 113,640,221 unique malicious web URLs. The recorded number of personal computer malware attempts to steal money through bank accounts reached 243,604.

Source : Kaspersky

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