Financial malware which makes use of Trojans, phisihing and more to steal money and financial data among other things is becoming a bigger problem.

This is according to research from Kaspersky which found the number of folks who have experienced financial malware in the first half of 2019 had climbed 7 percent year-on-year.

More alarming however is that cybercriminals are either becoming more persistent or there are simply more of them. During the first half of the year Kaspersky notes 10 493 792 financial attacks took place. That is 93 percent more than the same period in 2018.

The firm notes that these increases are likely due to a rise in the use of the Asacub and Svpeng banking Trojans.

“The main families of malware that attacked users in 2019 remained the same: for mobile platforms, the leaders turned out to be the Asacub family, and for PC RTM (for corporate users) and Zbot (for private users) trojans were the most prolific,” reported Kaspersky.

Of particular concern for businesses is that of the users hit by financial malware, a third of them were corporate users.

With the typical attack vector being emails and incredibly believable phishing websites tricking folks into thinking they’re legitimate, educating employees about the risk of cybercrime should be a much bigger priority.

The message is rather loud and clear at this point – cybercrime is a constant threat and one really has to have their wits about them even when doing something simple like checking your email.

You can find Kaspersky’s full report on financial malware here.

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