In its report on online threats in the banking sector
In the reporting period from
As a rule, cybercriminals try to steal users' bank card details with the help of the specialized Trojan programs. From mid-April to mid-May, Zeus Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot was once again the most widespread banking Trojan. According to
Yet another method of stealing banking data is phishing attacks. During the reporting period,
The reporting period was marked by consequences of one particular event that seriously jeopardised the security of online payment systems, namely a vulnerability previously found in the popular encryption library OpenSSL. The bug allows attackers to gain unauthorised access to the buffer memory of a vulnerable device, be it a smartphone, personal computer or server. The Heartbleed vulnerability leaves no trace and it is still not known what data was stolen and in what volumes. However, most companies that performed online transactions using the vulnerable version of OpenSSL have recommended that their clients change their account passwords and closely monitor any unusual activity.
"The appearance of the Heartbleed vulnerability initiated a series of leaks of all kinds of data in various business fields. This was due to the fact that this vulnerability contained the cryptographic OpenSSL library which is used in different software including banking software," commented
"The absence of an official library update for several hours after the vulnerability was detected and the slow reaction of IT security services at financial institutions in installing the update led, in some instances, to the leak of bank transaction data. That's why, in the coming months, we can expect a surge of fraudulent transactions."
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