World-class athletes aren't the only ones preparing for the Olympic Games. World-class cybercriminals are also hoping to walk away with some gold.
Brazil is a country that was already notorious for its large concentration of hackers. Symantec, in its 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, ranked the country eighth in the world for bot-based cybercrime (a bot is a device that lives on a user's PC and provides a wide variety of automated tasks for hackers). The organization says Brazil is the source of 2 percent of all the bots throughout the world.
Add the high profile of the Olympics atop that and the threat becomes even more real — for visitors, organizers and sponsors, say security experts.
"We suspect the level of attacks will rise during the Games," says Michal Salat, threat intelligence manager at Avast. "We're quite sure there will be phishing attacks on visitors. Ultimately, it's all about money."