Brazil is the country with the most phishing attacks in 2020, with one in five users Internet in the country to be targeted at least once within the year. According to a report prepared by the cybersecurity company "Kaspersky" on phishing, Brazil is in first place in the list of the five countries where the highest percentage of users was targeted throughout the past year, with the aim of stealing data. Countries completing the list are Portugal, France, Tunisia and French Guiana.
According to research conducted by Kaspersky, the number of phishing attacks against mobile phones increased by more than 120% between February and March 2020. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed significantly to the increase in scams, as the use of Internet access and access to online services such as online banking and online shopping, as well as the adoption of remote work and the stress of people being constantly informed about the global health crisis.
The pandemic has been a recurring theme of phishing attacks in 2020, According to the research. The techniques used for the theft credentials and bank passwords vary - from sites that offered face masks and hand sanitizers in times of shortage, to fake sites for enrollment in social security programs and, more recently, fake enrollment sites for the COVID-19 vaccine.
On the other hand, Kaspersky's research underlined that there has been an improvement in the level of awareness on security threats in Internet. Despite the increase in phishing attacks, there is one specific aspect in which there was a decrease in 2020 compared to 2019: in 2019, over 30% of Brazilians tried, at least once, to open a link leading to a phishing page, compared to about 20% in 2020.
Fabio Assolini, senior security analyst at Kaspersky, Brazil, said: "This shows that users are now more aware and wary of this type of fraud - but that does not mean we do not need to evolve, as the statistics are still very bad.".
The company's research also pointed out that Percentage of victims of phishing attacks in Brazil is above the global average - 20% compared to the global average of 13%. According to Assolini, this "inequality" can be explained by the difficulty that Internet users in Brazil have in recognizing fake emails, - 30% of Brazilians can not understand if an email is not genuine, according to a previous survey by the cybersecurity company.
Finally, Assolini stressed the following: "We need to improve our digital education. "The fact that we can not recognize the threats makes us vulnerable and prone to cyber scams and malicious attacks.".
Source of information: zdnet.com