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G DATA: Attacks averted by BankGuard rise by 44.5 percent

May 2015 by G DATA

New high in the defence against banking Trojans: the number of foiled attacks rose by 44.5 percent in 2014. An analysis of the Top 25 targets of banking attacks, carried out by G DATA security experts, has revealed that over 70 percent of the targets were in the USA, Canada and Great Britain. Only 4 percent of the targets were in France. Overall the analysts discovered over 4.1 million new malware strains in the second half of 2014. This brings the total for 2014 to almost 6 million new malware strains. The forecast of over 3.5 million malware types was far exceeded. The Malware Report is available immediately on the G DATA website.

"Improved security measures by banks are making it more and more difficult for online bank robbers to get money from bank customers. However, the number of averted attacks by banking Trojans rose by 44.5 percent. Banking Trojans are designed to circumvent conventional detection methods. Only special protection technologies can protect online banking users effectively," explains Ralf Benzmüller, head of G DATA SecurityLabs.

Almost 6 million new malware strains in 2014
The G DATA security experts discovered 4.1 million computer malware strains in the second half of 2014 – almost 2.3 times the number compared to the first half of the year. For the year as a whole, G DATA SecurityLabs recorded nearly six million new malware variants. There were just 3.4 million malware strains in the whole of 2013, 1.9 million of which were found in the second half of the year.

US bank customers continue to be the main target of banking Trojans Compared to the first half of 2014, the proportion of US banking customers who were in the cyber criminals’ cross-hairs fell by 12 percent. Attacks on Russian online banking users increased significantly (plus 12 percent). Also new to the Top 25 were a French bank and a Canadian bank.

Adware continues to grow rapidly
Adware continued to fly high in the second half of 2014, now making up 31.4 percent of all new signature variants. Hence almost one in three new malware detections came from this category.

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