Quick and easy attack methods like formjacking gained popularity among cybercriminals last year, while more tried and true approaches like ransomware fell to the wayside in 2018, according to a new report.

The reasoning behind this switch, according to Symantec’s just-released Internet Security Threat Report, is quite straight-forward. Formjacking, which entails placing malware on a victim’s system to steal payment card information, is simple to perform and offers an incredibly high yield.

Symantec’s research revealed that on average a stolen payment card can be sold on the dark web for about $45 and with 4,800 sites being compromised each month even if only a small number of cards can be stolen from each incident the money quickly piles up for the thieves.

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