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Historically High Q2 for Mobile Banking Trojans

August 06, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Mobile banking Trojans ranked as a top security nuisance in the second quarter of 2018, including threats from a new cyber-espionage group, “Operation Parliament," which is reportedly targeting high-profile companies the Middle East and North Africa, especially Palestine, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky Lab has published its Q2 IT Threat Evolution Report, and mobile banking Trojans topped the list of cyber headaches in Q2 2018, reaching an all-time high of more than 61,000 installation packages for mobile banking. Those numbers represent more than a threefold growth over Q1 2018. Out of all malware, US users were most often attacked with mobile banking malware in Q2. By imitating other attack groups, Operation Parliament has remained somewhat under the radar, taking care to verify victim devices prior to infecting them. “The attacks, which started early in 2017, target parliaments, senates, top state offices and officials, political science scholar...