Cybercriminals targeting unlikely sources to carry out high-profile exploits
DALLAS, May 13, 2014 – Cybercriminals continuously discover more ways to successfully target new outlets for financial theft as revealed in Trend Micro Incorporated’s (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) first quarter security roundup for 2014, “Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected." Greed is motivating cybercriminals to take a non-traditional approach in the selection of unlikely targets, such as advanced threats to Point-of-Sale (PoS) terminals and the exploitation of disasters. Though well protected, these new targets are in the crosshairs of emboldened cybercriminals around the world.
Trend Micro threat researchers also found that online banking malware continued to thrive with the emergence and modification of new malware families, each with different targets and varying anti-detection techniques. And continuing to grow for the past five years is the number of mobile malware and high-risk apps, which has hit 2 million since the introduction of the Android platform.
“This year’s first quarterly report sheds light into the cyber underground where creative cybercriminals continue to find new opportunities to commit their crimes," said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “To remain protected against these ever-evolving cyber threats, users must be diligent in using best practices when surfing the Web, especially when conducting online financial transactions."
“Organizations continued to struggle with attacks that were targeted in nature, which could be directly aimed at the energy, financial, healthcare, and retail industries or critical infrastructure," said JD Sherry, vice president of technology and solutions, Trend Micro. “It came down to a simple equation—high-value targets that promised massive payouts were compromised despite the determined efforts of organizations to protect their valuable information."
For the complete report, please visit: http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/us/security-roundup/2014/1Q/cybercrime-hits-the-unexpected
A blog post regarding the report can be viewed here: http://blog.trendmicro.com/cybercrime-hits-the-unexpected
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