Banking trojan threats on the rise in Latin America - Eset

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are among the Latin American countries with the largest spread of malicious code designed to steal banking information, according to a report by Slovakian antivirus and security software developer Eset.

Trojans and banking malwares are used to obtain passwords and user names to access online accounts and steal clients' money. Some of the techniques include partially or totally replacing the banks' website to send screenshots, or even recording video of users' actions while accessing the sites, said Federico Pacheco, education and research manager of Eset Latin America.

According to Eset's report, Brazil comes first in terms of banking trojan spread, with 5.99% of the total, meaning that one out of every 17 PCs has received this threat so far this year. Colombia follows with 2.30%, and then Mexico with 1.73%.

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