Researchers warn hackers are increasingly targeting bank accounts

27 February 2014

Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab have indicated that the number of malicious programs used by hackers to target tablets and smartphones increased in 2013.

The company also indicated that hackers are increasingly using these programs to target the bank accounts of members of the public.

Kaspersky Lab said around 100,000 pieces of malicious code attempting to steal data from mobile phones and tablets were discovered in 2013, up from just over 40,000 is 2012.

According to data from the security firm, 98 per cent of malicious attacks were targeted at Android devices.

Victor Chebyshev, virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Today, the majority of banking Trojan attacks target users in Russia and the CIS. However, that is unlikely to last for long: given the cybercriminals’ keen interest in user bank accounts, the activity of mobile banking Trojans is expected to grow in other countries in 2014."

In 2013, the countries with the highest number of attacked users were Russia, India, Vietnam, Ukraine and the UK.

By Gary Cooper

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