Q3 2013: online banking malware on the rise in Australia, New Zealand

Monday 11 November 2013 09:55 CET | News

The online banking malware and wave of Apple-related phishing websites in Australia and New Zealand has increased in Q3 2013, new statistics indicate.

According to the Trend Micro Q3 Security Report, Australia and New Zealand combined was rated the third highest region for hosting Apple targeted phishing websites, accounting for 10.7% of the phishing websites blocked globally in Q3 2013. After a spike in Q2, Apple-related phishing websites remained steady throughout Q3, which raises concern of potential new targets in Q4 with Apple expected to sell millions of iPhones and iPads during the quarter.

Android users continued to be a prime target for cybercriminals, with the number of malicious and high-risk apps targeting the Android platform reaching the 1 million mark in Q3. Accelerating rapidly throughout the year, high-risk Android apps have already arrived at a level originally predicted to be reached by the end of 2013. Among these apps, 80% were malicious in nature, topped by premium service abusers.

Trend Micro identified more than 200,000 malware infections targeting online banking in Q3. Australia was identified as the fourth most targeted country for online banking malware infections, behind the US, Brazil and Japan.

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Keywords: online banking malware, phishing websites, Trend Micro Q3 Security Report
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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Fraud & Financial Crime