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Posted February 28, 2012
The February 2012 Report Specifically Details the Prominence of Man-in-the-Browser Trojans for Mac OS X
San Jose, CA – February 28, 2012 – ThreatMetrix™, the fastest-growing provider of integrated cybercrime prevention solutions, announced today the launch of ThreatMetrix™ Labs, which generates in-depth reports on the latest capabilities of malware that targets financial institutions, merchants and online businesses.
To generate each report, a team of independent researchers analyze, examine and reverse-engineer the most sophisticated malicious software running on computer systems worldwide. The information gained from the report enables enterprises, financial institutions, credit unions, payment providers, government agencies, and security professionals to stay abreast of current and emerging online security threats.
“ThreatMetrix Labs is introduced as an independent research arm during a time when the latest versions of malware are continually changing to become more targeted and complex,” said Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer, ThreatMetrix. “Today’s cybercriminals are evolving much faster, as we see from our research that they adopt very quickly to countermeasures being put in place. The growing pain of man-in-the-browser (MitB) attacks is definitely high on the list of threats, as these Trojans are very sophisticated and successful. It’s essential for organizations to stay up-to-date.”
MitB Trojans on Apple Mac OS X
ThreatMetrix Labs released its first report, “Man-in-the-Browser: Apple Mac OS X Edition,” which explores the different ways fraudsters can deploy MitB Trojans on Mac OS X and provides important intelligence and forensics to understand the threat of MitB attacks for other platforms beyond Windows.
“We found that the technical approach to doing MitB Trojans on Macs is actually very similar to doing MitB Trojans on Windows,” said Baumhof. “While the majority of MitB Trojans are targeting the Windows platform, Apple’s increased user base and market share makes an attractive target for fraudsters.”
Malware Trends in 2012
Malware continues to grow in terms of infection rate and new targets. Last year, there were 25 million new, unique strains of malware released and that number is projected to grow to 87 million by the end of 2015, according to the Aite Group.
As malware continues to become more prevalent, especially with dangerous MitB Trojans, ThreatMetrix has identified other trends and predictions for 2012:
• More Drive-by-Downloads. Cybercriminals that conduct drive-by-downloads compromise well-known websites, which then distribute Trojans automatically. For instance, the Carberp Trojan was distributed in 2010 on a recognized news website in the Netherlands, which pushed infection rates into the hundred-thousands.
• More MitB Trojans targeting social networking sites. A Trojan called Ramnit was recently successful in compromising 45,000 Facebook accounts, notably in the U.K. and France.
• Mobile is the new target. The growth in mobile banking and mobile commerce will make mobile devices a big target for fraudsters.
For more information, in-depth ThreatMetrix Labs reports are available on request to organizations looking to gain a lead on the capabilities, enhancements and improvements being implemented into malicious software. To request an official report, please register at http://info.threatmetrix.com/ThreatMetrix-Labs-Subscribe.html. For a public copy of the report, visit https://www.threatmetrix.com/threatmetrix-labs/threatmetrix-labs-reports/.
ThreatMetrix®, The Digital Identity Company®, is the market-leading cloud solution for authenticating digital personas and transactions on the Internet. Verifying more than 20 billion annual transactions supporting 30,000 websites and 4,000 customers globally through the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network®, ThreatMetrix secures businesses and end users against account takeover, payment fraud and fraudulent account registrations resulting from malware and data breaches. Key benefits include an improved customer experience, reduced friction, revenue gain and lower fraud and operational costs. The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, e-commerce, payments and lending, media, government and insurance.