The number of hacking attempts on US banks is up 81% since last year, according to security services provider SecureWorks.
In the last 30 days SecureWorks blocked 167 million hacker attacks, safeguarding 1,800 clients. The vendor also recorded a 62% increase in attempts on credit union clients.
Between June and December of 2006, the vendor blocked attacks from approximately 808 hackers per bank per month. This number jumped to 1,462 hackers for the first six months of 2007, according to Allen Wilson, vice president of research for SecureWorks. For its credit unions, the vendor also saw a jump from 1,110 to 1,799 hackers per bank for the same period.
Don Jackson, security researcher for SecureWorks and discoverer of the Gozi and Prg Trojans, said: "The amount of stolen financial data we have found since the first of the year has been daunting."
“With the Gozi, Prg and BBB trojans alone, we found millions of dollars of data sitting in their stolen repositories," he added. "These data caches contained thousands of bank account and credit card numbers, social security numbers, online payment accounts and user names and passwords, and we are finding new caches of stolen data every day, evidence that more and more criminals are getting into the game."
Wilson added: "Most of the hackers we see stealing financial data are located in Russia and Eastern Europe, however, we are witnessing a growing number coming out of China. These countries have large numbers of talented young people who are extremely computer literate. Challenging socioeconomic conditions, combined with a lack of computer crime legislation, makes the allure of committing low-risk, fraud-related crimes against victims on the other side of the world an appealing choice."