Kaspersky Lab: Half of Europeans face online money theft attempts at 2014

Research of Kaspersky Lab and Kaspersky Lab B2B International showed that almost half of European participants were faced online threats of attempted money theft. However, even digital non-money-related attacks may lead to unforeseen costs.Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab

Digital criminals acquire valuable data from users by various methods. The fastest way to "penetrate" their wallets is to gain access to user accounts in payment systems, online banking services, or online stores that store credit or debit card data. Among the many techniques used to collect this information are phishing websites, which mimic official websites, malicious software that collects data and passwords, and so on.

According to the survey, 53% of European users faced financial digital attacks last year, with 5% of respondents reporting a loss of money. Explaining how he lost money, 23% said the hackers stole their money by getting access to payment service accounts, 5% that he was cheated and entered his login information on a fake website and 10% that his login information was intercepted from malicious software. On average, those who have been the victims of online theft lost $ 313, but one in six victims lost over $ 1.000 due to online fraud.

During the year, online multi-user accounts (email, social media, etc.) were hacked. This at least mentioned the 10% of European journalists. Broken accounts can be used by digital criminals to send spam and malicious URLs, but also to be sources of financial loss. The information that can be found in a user's e-mail is often a mail with access information to accounts sent from payment services and online stores by responding to password registration or password retrieval requests.

In addition, 27% of Europeans reported incidents involving malware over the past year, with one in five having led to financial losses. The average financial loss from malware was $ 154 per European user. This amount also includes expenses related to the treatment of "infections", the help of IT specialists and the purchase of specialized software.

"Some users believe that digital threats are something distant that can only hurt someone in cyberspace. However, many online threats have a clear impact on real life, whether data loss or stolen money. Instead of paying the consequences, it is more prudent to take care of security in advance, "said Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product Management Kaspersky Lab.

Η Kaspersky Lab has developed an extensive "arsenal" with tools that offer safe Internet navigation. The Kaspersky Internet Security - multi-device 2015 includes, in addition to anti-malware and anti-phishing tools, Safe Money technology designed to provide extra protection for financial transactions (for Windows environments). Also, the Kaspersky Password Manager is a solution that covers multiple platforms for secure password storage. Allows users to create and store powerful passwords on webpages and applications, thus helping to enhance the security of online accounts.

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