mi2g Intelligence Briefing: "Brazil exports Cyber-crime"
by Berislav Kucan - Tuesday, 19 November 2002.
According to mi2g reports, one of the largest "cyber crime exporters" in the world is Brasil. The top ten most active defacing groups in November 2002 are all Brazilian, of which the five most prolific are: BYS (Breaking Your Security), Ir4dex, Endiabrad0s, Virtual Hell and rya (Rooting Your Admin).

From the malware perspective, only 4 of the 296 new viruses, worms and trojans discovered in 2002 are known to have originated in Brazil.

"It has rarely been the case since 1995 that one country has dominated digital criminal activity to the extent that Brazil now does. Brazilian hacking in 2002 has cost billions of Dollars in G-8 countries alone," said DK Matai, Chairman and CEO of mi2g. "This has now become a global issue. G-8 countries will have to apply pressure on the Brazilian authorities to take appropriate measures to stamp out this illicit export. If not, the Brazilian digital skills could just as easily be bought by other rogue elements with their own agendas."

mi2g Intelligence Briefing, notes that top five victims of overt digital attacks in 2002 so far have been USA (24,611), Brazil (4,874), UK (4,735), Germany (4,474) and Italy (2,565). The top three blackhats in November targeting systems based in USA were all Brazilian - Endiabrad0s (398), Ir4dex (378) and Virtual Hell (351).


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