Brazil Tops the list published by cybersecurity company Kaspersky. According to research, Brazil is a world leader in phishing attacks, with one in five Internet users in the country targeted at least once in 2020.

Brazil tops a list of five countries with the highest rate of users targeted for data theft throughout last year. The other nations are Portugal, France, Tunisia, and French Guiana In the List.

Due To Covid-19 pandemic adoption of remote work and boost in internet usage and access to services online such as internet and mobile banking and online shopping as a result of  Increase in number of phishing attacks against mobile devices increased by more than 120% between February and March 2020 alone, according to the study.

The pandemic was a powerful incentive for attackers/hackers, according to the study. Strategies used to obtain online account credentials and bank passwords from websites that offer face masks and hand-washing agents in times of scarcity, fake social media subscription websites, and, more recently, Covid-19 vaccines registration web pages.

On the other hand, Kaspersky’s research has noted that there has been an improvement in the level of awareness of online security threats for Internet users. Despite growing attacks on sensitive identity theft, there is one factor that has seen a decline in relations with 2019: in that year, more than 30% of Brazilians tried, at least once, to open a link that led to a sensitive data theft page, compared to about 20% by 2020.

“This shows that campaigns and warnings about this type of scam mean that users are very cautious – but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to change, because the statistics are still very bad,” said Fabio Assolini, a senior security analyst at Kaspersky in Brazil.

Also, research shows that the percentage of victims of identity theft in Brazil is above the global average – 20% compared to the global average of 13%. According to Assolini, this discrepancy could be explained by the difficulty that Internet users in Brazil have when it comes to detecting fraudulent emails, – 30% of Brazilians are unable to say that the email is untrue, according to a previous security company study.

“We need to improve our digital education,” Assolini said. “[Inability to detect threats] makes us more vulnerable and more prone to fall into ‘promotion’ and other online scams.”

Priyanshu Vijayvargiya

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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