How to protect against hacker attacks on payment card

In the fourth quarter of 2019 data of payment cards amounted to one-third (32%) of the total amount of information stolen from legal entities in the world, according to a study of Positive Technologies (there is a “Russian newspaper”). This is nearly a fivefold increase compared with the third quarter (7%). The dynamics of such analysts are called as expected. On the one hand, it is due to the large number of online purchases during the Christmas holidays. On the other, it is associated with the rapid increase in the proportion of mass attacks MageCart (class of attacks that function of stealing payment card data from websites), which affected thousands of Internet shops, and the second wave of attacks on the Click2Gov service that residents of many American cities used for utility payments, stated in the study.

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In Russia the most money from the accounts of citizens kidnapped by scammers while shopping Internet, reported by the Bank of Russia. Bank customers said in 2019 on 371,1 thousands of transactions without their consent, but two thirds of them were still on social engineering techniques and not hacked. When shopping on the Internet, according to the Bank, the crooks stole the Russians last year, almost 3 billion, one-fifth of this amount, banks to their customers reimbursed.

Positive Technologies Conducted testing the security infrastructure of some large Russian banks have revealed their high level of vulnerability to the cyberhawks. Thus, the test results showed that the hackers have an average of five days to penetrate into a local network of the Bank. If the attacker works inside the Bank, he can obtain control over its infrastructure is already in two days. The main “hole” in the security of banks vulnerabilities of mobile applications that too aboutstye passwords that you can pick up, as well as software flaws.

However, as can be seen from the statistics of the Central Bank, it is not only banks themselves but also to ordinary users. To protect your finances during payment transactions on the Internet, Positive Technologies is recommended to use complex passwords, consisting of unrelated combinations of letters, numbers and symbols, longer than 8 characters. In addition, it is not necessary to use everywhere the same password, change it at least once every six months, preferably every two to three months.

you should Also check antivirus all attachments received by e-mail, be very careful when entering your credentials for websites, and while working with online payments, and do not follow links to unfamiliar websites, particularly when the browser warns you about the dangers, suggest Positive Technologies.