Hacker Attacks Generate More Fear Than A New Pandemic


Hacker: Data from the World Affairs survey, carried out by the Ipsos Institute, show that 7 out of 10 Brazilians fear hacker attacks for fraud or espionage. The study assesses the relationship between the population of 28 countries and global issues, including threats to the planet.

The fear of hacker attacks and spies leads among the countries evaluated, being the biggest threat for 75% of the interviewed population. Followed by fear of a major epidemic, with 70%, natural disasters (69%), nuclear or chemical attack (66%) and terrorist attack (62%).

For Brazilians, digital threats narrowly lose to the fear of a new big epidemic, which had 72%, just a point of difference. Other parameters were still analyzed, such as the relationship with the government, economy, the future and covid-19.

Perceptions about the world

When asked about global threats, Colombia leads the ranking, where 91% of its population believes the world is more dangerous. In contrast, Germany, Malaysia and Italy have the lowest rate, where 77% of the population agrees with the statement.

Brazilians follow the global average, where 83% of respondents confirm that they live in a more dangerous world and only 49% believe that “there are more things getting better than worse”. In this last statement, China has the highest acceptance rate, with 86% of the population optimistic.

Another parameter evaluated was people’s confidence in the government’s response to threats. With low rates globally, only 53% believe their country is prepared to deal with natural disasters, 51% with epidemics, 47% with terrorist attacks and 46% with wars and armed conflicts.

Considered as the biggest global threat, only 45% believe in an effective response to deter hacker attacks. Brazil was below the global average in all aspects of this category and in another on the covid-19 pandemic, where 40% “believe that the outbreak has already been controlled or will be ended soon”, losing to 45% globally.