You can stop the joys of spending with a Trojan pleasure pack.
A new report by cybersecurity firm CyberSight says a Trojan joy pack has stolen more than $1.5 billion in cash from U.S. consumers since 2014.
CyberSights researchers said the Trojan joy packs are often installed by criminals in the form of ransomware that encrypts files and demands payment in cryptocurrencies.
Cyber Sights researchers believe the joy packs have also been used to steal funds from victims.
Cyber Sights said it identified more than 3,000 Trojan joy-packs in more than 600 countries.
The joy packs steal data and passwords, CyberSIGHT said, which makes them especially susceptible to malware attacks.
Cyber threats can also be used to compromise financial accounts and online banking.
The Trojan joy packages are designed to give consumers a way to enjoy fun and games without paying for them, Cyber SIGHTS said.
Cyber joy packs also make it easier for criminals to gain access to banking accounts, credit card numbers and other personal information.
A Trojan joy drive is a software package that encrypting files with an AES encryption algorithm.
Cyber security firm McAfee Labs has warned consumers to avoid installing these packs and has called for them to be removed.
Cybergence, another cybersecurity firm, said that while cyber criminals have increasingly targeted banking and other financial services, they have also targeted personal data, including credit card data, bank accounts and passwords.
The Trojan joy drives allow them to bypass security measures and to steal bank account information.