Mobile banking attacks engineered with Zeus-in-the-MobileWith the continued rapid uptake of mobile devices, mobile banking services come under the spotlight this quarter as an increasingly lucrative target for cybercriminals. ‘Traditional’ mobile monetization methods help criminals steal small amounts per victim to stay unnoticed. With these more advanced malware, which circumvents the two-factor authentication process some banks use, criminals can empty a victim’s bank account in one go. A 2012 PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ report projected that digital banking would become the norm globally by 2015, so these attacks can only be expected to become increasingly advanced and more prevalent. Hiding malware in image files Image files are typically considered safe as they aren’t executed. However, AVG has tracked a new attack looking at how a compromised webserver can be made to execute image files. Innocent looking image files can then be used to deliver malicious payload to unsuspecting visitors to the compromised website. To download the full Q3 2012 Community Powered Threat Report, please visit: http://mediacenter.avg.com/en/press-tools/avg-threat-reports/avg-community-powered-threat-report-q3-2012.html Keep up to date with our regular threat bulletins on the AVG News & Threats blog. About the report The AVG Community Protection Network is an online neighborhood watch, where community members work to protect each other. Information about the latest threats is collected from customers who participate in the product improvement program and shared with the community to make sure everyone receives the best possible protection. The AVG Community Powered Threat Report is based on the Community Protection Network traffic and data collected from participating AVG users over a three-month period, followed by analysis by AVG. It provides an overview of web, mobile devices, spam risks and threats. All statistics referenced are obtained from the AVG Community Protection Network. AVG has focused on building communities that help millions of online participants support each other on computer security issues and actively contribute to AVG’s research efforts.
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