Internet users need to take extra precautions when shopping online in the run-up to the Christmas period, warns Kaspersky Lab.

A recent report by the internet security software provider found that Trojans and malware are being used by cybercriminals for their own gain.

Online shoppers are expected to be targeted throughout December, warned David Emm, senior technology consultant at Kaspersky Lab.

 “With such large amounts of money being moved across the internet at this time of year by novice and expert internet shoppers alike, the risks of falling foul of cybercrime or device infection should not be ignored,” he said.

Kaspersky Lab has reported an increased number of Trojans and malware, with 11 new malicious programs entering the Kaspersky Online Scanner Top 20 in November. Internet bargain hunters are at a higher risk of becoming victims of cybercrime at this time of year and need to take action to ensure they are not targeted, according to the Russian based anti-virus company.

“Remember that the cybercriminal succeeds by being covert. Ensure that you take precautions to secure any device you use to access the internet, purchase only from a reputable source, and scrutinise your bank statements for rogue or inaccurate transactions,” said Emm.