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The Dridex takedown in October 2015 did not slow instances of Dridex infections last year, as noted in this chart from Symantec’s latest whitepaper.

Built to collect victims’ banking credentials, Dridex is now one of the most dangerous pieces of financial malware in circulation, according a new Symantec whitepaper.

Since 2014, spam email campaigns facilitated Dridex’s almost exclusive distribution method, the Mountain View, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm said in the whitepaper. “These email campaigns are notable for their massive scale, frequency, and professionalism,” it read. “The attackers behind Dridex regularly send millions of spam emails in the course of one day.”

Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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