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Financial cyberthreats in 2016

In 2016 we continued our in-depth research into the financial cyberthreat landscape. We’ve noticed over the last few years that large financial cybercriminal groups have started to concentrate their efforts on targeting large organizations – such as banks, payment processing systems, retailers, hotels and other businesses where POS terminals are widely used.

Spam and phishing in 2016

2016 saw a variety of changes in spam flows, with the increase in the number of malicious mass mailings containing ransomware being the most significant. These programs are readily available on the black market, and in 2017 the volume of malicious spam is unlikely to fall.

Holiday 2016 financial cyberthreats overview

Last November we conducted a brief analysis of the threat landscape over the holiday period – from October to December in 2014 and 2015. And we made the following prognosis: the same holiday period in 2016 will see a spike in cyberattacks. Now that the holidays are over, it is time to find out how accurate that prediction was.

Kaspersky Lab Black Friday Threat Overview 2016

Our research shows that, over the last few years, the holiday period which starts on so-called Black Friday was marked by an increase in phishing and other types of attacks, which suggests that the pattern will be repeated this year.

Spam and phishing in Q3 2016

In the third quarter of 2016, the proportion of spam in email traffic increased by 2 p.p. compared to the previous quarter and accounted for 59.19%. The largest percentage of spam – 61.25% – was registered in September.

‘Adult’ video for Facebook users

In April of this year, we registered some mass attacks on Facebook users in Russia. As a result, many Russian-speaking users of the social network fell victim to fraudsters. Half a year later the fraudsters have used the same tactics to attack Facebook users in Europe.

Threat intelligence report for the telecommunications industry

The telecoms sector is under fire on all sides – hit by direct attacks on organizations and networks, indirect attacks in search of subscribers, and collateral damage from unrelated, targeted campaigns. This report reveals the many layers of vulnerability.

Spam and phishing in Q2 2016

In the second quarter of 2016, the proportion of spam in email traffic increased insignificantly – by 0.33 p.p. – compared to the previous quarter and accounted for 57.25%. The US remained the biggest source of spam. As in the previous quarter, the top three sources also included Vietnam and India.

Operation Ghoul: targeted attacks on industrial and engineering organizations

We recently identified a cybercriminal operation targeting a large number of organizations, with focus on few countries more than others. Attackers are utilizing simple tools with proficient social engineering, highly successful with Industrial and engineering SMBs. Attacks are ongoing, slowly crippling businesses, spreading harm and ruin wherever they land, like a Ghoul.

SMiShing and the rise of mobile banking attacks

Brazilian cybercriminals are clearly setting their sights on users of mobile banking, with a huge rise in incidents registered in the country over the last two years. In order to carry out these attacks they are using SMiShing (phishing via SMS) and registering new mobile phish domains created especially for this purpose.

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