23 Nov 2021

Data from millions of Brazilians exposed in Wi-Fi management software firm leak

The data of millions of Brazilians have been exposed by WSpot, a software provider that enables businesses to secure on-premise Wi-Fi networks and allow password-free online access to customers. The leak was discovered by SafetyDetectives after researchers found WSpot’s misconfigured Amazon Web Services bucket left exposed. The bucket contained 10GB

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17 Aug 2021

Brazilian National Treasury hit with ransomware attack

Last Friday, the Brazilian government was allegedly a victim of a ransomware attack that targeted its National Treasury. A statement was released by the Ministry of Economy detailing initial measures that were taken to contain the impact of the cyberattack. The preliminary assessments of the attack have confirmed that there

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18 May 2021

Bizarro Banking Trojan Sports Sophisticated Backdoor

Bizarro, a new Brazilian banking trojan, has launched a campaign targeting customers of roughly 70 known banks located throughout Europe and South America, according to researchers. The advanced malware has taken its operation global, seeking to harvest targets’ bank logins. Kaspersky released an analysis on Bizarro earlier this week, stating

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07 May 2021

Brazil violence: Rio police accused by residents of abuses in raidBrazil violence: Rio police accused by residents of abuses in raid

A police raid against suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro has left 25 dead, including one police officer. The United Nations human rights office has strongly criticised the deadliest police operation in the city’s history. There are allegations of abuse and extrajudicial executions with residents saying police killed suspects

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06 Apr 2021

Meet Janeleiro, a new banking Trojan striking company, government targets

A new Brazilian banking Trojan has emerged, targeting government entities. The malware has allegedly been in development since 2018, according to an advisory published on Tuesday by the ESET. The malware has been named Janeleiro, and appears to be focused on Brazilian targets exclusively. The malware has targeted other entities,

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19 Mar 2021

As Covid-19 deaths soar in Brazil, Bolsonaro says there’s a ‘war’ against him

In Brazil, more than 45,000 people have died due to Covid-19 in just the past month. President Jair Bolsonaro came forth last week and stated that he feels the Brazilian public is staging a war against him personally. Bolsonaro gave a speech during which he blamed the massive number of

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17 Mar 2021

Brazil health service in ‘worst crisis in its history’

Brazil is currently battling a record high number of patients and the collapse of its health service and intensive care units. Hospitals have reportedly been overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases, according to Brazil’s leading health institute, Fiocruz. Covid-19 units every Brazilian state besides two are at or above 80% capacity, according

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03 Mar 2021

Covid-19 Variant in Brazil Overwhelms Local Hospitals, Hits Younger Patients

This week, Brazil’s daily death toll from Covid-19 rose to its highest level yet. Health officials are pointing to a new strain that originated in the Amazon area of Brazil that is suspected to be responsible for the recent rise in deaths and infections in younger people. This past week’s

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12 Feb 2021

Brazilian authorities start probe as 102 million consumers are exposed in new leak

Yesterday, Brazil’s National Data Protection Authority informed the public that it had launched an investigation into a massive data leak in which more than 102 million records were exposed. The leak marks the second largest of the year. The information exposed in the incident includes names, taxpayer registration numbers, phone

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10 Nov 2020

Brazil suspends trials of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, citing ‘serious adverse event’

In July, Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech began Phase 3 trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, collaborating with the Brazilian Butantan Institute located in Sao Paulo. However, the Phase 3 trials have been halted due to a serious adverse event involving a volunteer recipient, according to Brazilian media. The trials represent the

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