Cybercriminals can make the online world a scary place to explore. They are always coming up with creative new ways to steal your money and personal information. Security experts say the company's products blocked 1,132,031 financial malware attacks in the second quarter of 2016.
That was an increase in attacks of a whopping 15.6 percent from the first quarter. Now, there is a new attack that is putting your financial health at risk.
Hackers have come up with an extremely sneaky way to steal your credit card information. If you have an Android device you are at risk just by surfing the internet.
A banking Trojan is being spread through Google's AdSense advertising network. As soon as you visit a page that contains the infected web ad, your gadget is infected with malware. You don't even have to click on a link to become a victim of the attack.
This malware automatically installs itself on the visitor's gadget and gains admin rights. The cybercriminal can then steal the victim's banking information through phishing windows. They can also intercept, delete and send texts. This is essential when attacking bank systems using an SMS transport layer.
Google checks the advertisements on AdSense for malware, but they do not catch everything. A Google representative does say they are aware of this attack and have already fixed it on the site that was affected. But the door is now open for similar future attacks.