increase in attacks on banking apps in 2023

Over the past twelve months, the number of users experiencing mobile banking Trojans has increased significantly, with attacks against Android device users increasing by 32% compared to 2022.

The most common banking Trojan is Bian.h, which accounts for 22% of all attacks against Android users. Geographically, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan recorded the highest number of users facing such attacks, with Turkey leading in mobile banking malware attacks, with almost 3% of users affected (2.98%) .

Number of Android users attacked by banking malware per month, 2022 to 2023

While the number of users affected by PC financial malware saw an 11% decline in 2023, Ramnit and Zbot were identified as the predominant malware families, targeting more than 50% of affected users. Individuals remain the primary target, accounting for 61.2% of all attacks.

In 2023, financial phishing remains a significant threat, accounting for 27.32% of all phishing attacks against business users and 30.68% against home users. Online store brands were identified as the top bait, accounting for 41.65% of financial phishing attempts. Furthermore, PayPal phishing accounted for 54.78% of phishing pages targeting users of electronic payment systems. The report also highlights 16% year-over-year growth for cryptocurrency phishing, with 5.84 million detections in 2023 compared to 5.04 million in 2022.

Online store phishing was identified as the most common, accounting for 41.65% of all financial phishing attempts. Amazon is the most imitated online retailer, with 34% of phishing attempts, followed by Apple (18.66%) and Netflix (14.71%). Paypal was the most targeted payment system, with 54.73% attacks.

“Money has always been attractive to cybercriminals and a large proportion of malware attacks are motivated by profit. The rise of mobile malware seen over the last year highlights a worrying trend of Cybercrime With the emergence of new, aggressive strains of malware, attackers are changing their tactics to target mobile devices more aggressively. This confirms the need for individuals and businesses to maintain greater vigilance. update their protection features and strengthen the security of their devices accordingly,” comments Igor Golovin, security expert at Kaspersky.

Phishing and cryptocurrency-related scams continued to grow, with Kaspersky detecting 5,838,499 attempts to track cryptocurrency-themed phishing links, an increase of 16% from 2022. were impersonating cryptocurrency exchanges and offering currencies in the name of large companies like Apple.

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