Trojan banker attacks escalate
2000 internet users’ computers affected every day, according to Kaspersky Lab
Trojan bankers, designed to steal users bank account details, have been detected on an average of 2000 unique users' computers every day over the last three months, according to Kaspersky Lab.
The anti-virus company is also currently adding 780 signatures, for new malicious programs that target sensitive financial information, to Kaspersky Lab's antivirus database on a daily basis.
These signatures make up 1.1% of the total number of malware detected every day by the company's software.
In January Kaspersky Lab experts discovered Trojan-Banker.MSIL.MultiPhishing.gen, is designed to steal account details from clients of banks including Santander, HSBC Bank UK, Metro Bank, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, and Barclays.
After infecting a computer, this Trojan waits for an online banking service to start running. It then opens a window that imitates an authorisation form for the respective bank. Interestingly, the Trojan allows no mistakes, checking the accuracy of the data that is entered.
The fraudsters can then use that information to gain full access to a users' bank account. The Trojan primarily targets users from the UK, with over 90% of the antivirus detections for this banker being recorded there.
Brazil tops the list of countries most frequently targeted by Trojan bankers, with16.9% of detections, followed by Russia at15.8% and China at10.8%.