Stanislav Kuznetsov, the Deputy Chairman of Sberbank, said that now there are three main trends in the field of cybercrime. The first trend is DDoS attacks, the number of which continues to increase. The second trend is data leakage. “The whole market is developing in this direction,” Kuznetsov added.
According to the representative of Sberbank, the third trend called fraud associated with the methods of social engineering. Kuznetsov explained that criminals often play on the trust of citizens.
“Russia is a unique country, the level of public confidence is very high in everything that is done by state institutions, corporations. This is good, but the scammers use this uniqueness of the Russian population, especially the elderly,” says Kuznetsov.
For example, a serious threat is phishing (theft of confidential data through e-mail on behalf of financial and government agencies). According to the Deputy Chairman, about 27-30% of office workers in Russia in different corporations can now safely open such phishing emails. And this is a great indicator.
The representative of Sberbank admitted that he does not see the factors that would help to stop the growth of crimes using the methods of social engineering. According to him, the situation can be changed only with the help of educational activities.
Kuznetsov said that the economic damage caused to the country by hackers in 2018 could reach 1.3 trillion rubles (20 million $). Since the beginning of 2019, Sberbank stopped more than 40 intense DDoS attacks, but the financial structure did not finish its activities for a second.
Thus, cybercriminals often use DDoS attacks, social engineering fraud and data leaks. According to Kuznetsov, information security specialists will try to prevent such violations.
It is important to note that from 2020 the Central Bank may begin to conduct stress tests of credit institutions for resistance to cyber threats.