Russian criminals’ bank attacks go global

Russian cybercriminals have field tested their attack techniques on local banks, and have now begun taking them global, according to a new report — and a new breed of mobile attack apps is coming up next.

Criminals stole nearly $44 million directly from Russian banks in the last half of 2015 and the first half of 2016, according to Dmitiry Volkov, co-founder and head of threat intelligence at Moscow-based Group-IB.

That was up 292 percent from the same period a year earlier. Direct, targeted attacks against banks now account for 45 percent of all bank-related cybercrime in Russia.

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