Cyber-attacks are on the rise globally, with seriously negative implications for countries’ strategic, national, economic and social well-being.
Organizations have significantly increased their use of data and the internet because of the pandemic, leading to new cyberattack and cybersecurity risks.
In mid-December 2021, Brazil’s Congress ratified the Budapest Convention on Cybercrimes after an unusually fast process marked by little debate and almost zero transparency. Experts warn that the roll-out was problematic, not least because the treaty may put citizen data in general at risk and open the way to criminalizing the work of InfoSecresearchers and activists.
The courts have given the government the authority to hack into private computers unannounced. The action addresses a clear threat, but it also sets an unsettling precedent.