Pirates of Brazil: An introduction to the Brazilian cyber underground

Pirates of Brazil: An introduction to the Brazilian cyber underground

According to Recorded Future's latest research, Brazilian hackers are best described as "pirates" because they are more than just ‘specialized thieves' -- they are "ready to change their TTPs and forum platforms at any time, depending on where the easy money is and what law enforcement and security researchers are doing to collect information on them".

In keeping with such a moniker, unlike their seemingly more organised counterparts in Russia, Brazilian hackers have a tendency towards disorder -- using forums without a singular purpose, and often lacking structured threads for products or services with features and pricing. Indeed, the research reveals that certain groups of Brazilian hackers use social networks for cybercrime - a practice that Russian-speaking or Chinese-speaking hackers would consider too risky a place to conduct illicit business.

To find out more about the Brazilian cyber underground, and how it differs from the Russian-, French-, Spanish-, and Chinese-language undergrounds, we talk to Ronaldo Vasconcellos, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst at Recorded Future, about what CSOs need to know about the threat from Brazilian threat actors.


Can you explain how the Brazilian cybercriminal underground differs from other communities?

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