Research from Fortinet FortiGuard Labs suggests that as far as cyber-threats are concerned, 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.

Menlo Security analysed the top 50 most visited sites in Brazil this week, and according Solutions Architect EMEA’s Jason Steer “a social networking site comes in at number one, with news and media sites also making the list” which are prime candidates for phishing. Indeed, Steer told SCMagazineUK.com that “some of the background sites in the top 50 are already categorised as phishing.”

Source: Will Rio Olympics herald a carnival of cyber-crime?