One in four malware attacks last year targeted banks and financial services organizations, according to a report released Monday by IntSights, a threat intelligence company.
The sector suffered more hits than any of the 27 other industries IntSights tracks, the report said.
The report lays out the most common types of attacks and regional trends. In the first quarter, instances of compromised credit cards increased by 212% year over year.
There was also a 129% year-over-year increase in credential leaks after Collections #1–5 were published with more than 2 billion records of login and personal information from around the world.
The list goes on. IntSights observed a 102% increase from a year earlier in malicious applications, including fraudulent mobile banking apps.
The report said cybercriminals made a breakthrough by publicly exposing flaws in SS7, which telecom companies use to coordinate SMS routing, to intercept messages authorizing payments from accounts.