According to Forrester, ransomware attacks grew 500% in 2019 compared to 2018. However, in addition to the increase in these types of attack, the presence of malware to undermine cryptocurrencies (29% more) and attacks on IoT devices (10% more) grew also. Such attacks are becoming more and more profitable and, above all, more simple technically than attacks using banking malware.
2019 witnessed innumerable attacks that wreaked havoc on companies, public entities and anonymous users. Malware is a very lucrative business and cybercriminals know it better than anyone.
Although ransomware and cryptocurrency mining attacks are the ones that have increased the most, the general trend regarding malware-related crimes is growing and cyber-attacks using malicious software are expected to continue to increase during 2020 and beyond.
Due to this growing threat we have seen multiple incidents over the past year that have captured headlines in tech media, with some of them being reported on television and radio channels. And all this without counting the attacks that do not involve the use of malware; if we take the attacks related to security breaches used to steal customer data into account, there are many more cases in which the data and users of different banking entities have been in attackers' hands.
In this document we are going to review the families that we have seen most in 2019, including banking malware families for Windows and Android. We will pay particular attention to the banking entities affected depending on the country in which the malware operates. In the case of iOS, no banking malware was detected in 2019 that attacks this operating system. Only other types of malware (such as spyware malware) were observed, but they are not aimed at attacking the finance industry.
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