Will Rio Olympics herald a carnival of cyber-crime?

Research suggests, when it comes to cybercrime, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro deserve special attention.

This, says Fortinet, is courtesy of Brazil not prioritising cyber-threats for a start. The World Economic Forum’s ranking of global risks has Brazilian concerns over cyber-attacks at number 23 and data fraud at number 16 despite hosting the games. To put that into perspective, the US, Germany and Japan all rate cyber-attacks at number one.

Then there’s the volume of malicious domain registrations in Brazil, with growth at 83 percent compared to 16 percent globally between April and June this year. This spike can only suggest that criminals are getting ready for an Olympic cyber-sprint.

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