Brazil faced almost 90,000 cyber attacks during World Cup

The FIFA World Cup frenzy may have officially kicked off on 12 June for millions of passionate sports fans, but for cybercriminals, the World Cup targeting malware escapades started well over a year in advance. According to findings recently released by Kapersky Labs, there were an astonishing 87,776 attempts to launch malicious programs in Brazil in the lead up to, and during, the World Cup.

The lab report data tracked in the banking sector from 19 May through 19 June 2014 revealed that during this period Brazil outranked all other countries in attempted cyber attacks — an astounding four times higher than Russia, which came in number two.

The majority of the attacks were phishing attempts containing Trojans in the guise of spam mailings promising lottery-won World Cup tickets.