Financial gain remains the key driver of cybercriminal activity. In the past year, we’ve seen multiple developments in this area – from new attack schemes targeting contactless payments to multiple ransomware groups continuing to emerge and haunt businesses. However, traditional financial threats – such as banking malware and financial phishing, continue to take up a significant share of such financially-motivated cyberattacks.
In 2022, Kaspersky saw a major upgrade of the notorious Emotet botnet as well as the launch of massive campaigns by Emotet operators throughout the year. For instance, malicious spam campaigns targeting organizations grew 10-fold in April 2022, spreading Qbot and Emotet malware.