Brazil leads in phishing attacks


Brazil is a world leader in phishing attacks, with one in five Internet users in the country targeted at least once in 2020, according to research.

According to the report on phishing by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Brazil tops a list of five countries with the highest rate of users targeted for data theft throughout last year. The other nations cited are Portugal, France, Tunisia and French Guiana.

The number of phishing attacks against mobile devices increased by more than 120% between February and March 2020 alone, according to the study. Factors behind the increase in scams include the boost in internet usage and access to services online such as internet and mobile banking and online shopping as a result of social distancing measures, as well as large-scale adoption of remote work and the anxiety around information about the pandemic.

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