Technology & Web

Brazil produces more cyber-criminals than any other nation

mcmafia4.jpgThe fastest growing sector of global organised crime is cyber-crime. Internet banking and credit-card fraud is increasing at a rate of about 40 percent per year and is estimated to be worth around $100 billion annually.

As Misha Glenny finds out in the final part of this series, How Crime Took on the World, there are particular reasons for this – not least the fact that Brazil has one of the most sophisticated banking systems in the world. This is because for many years, the Brazilians operated a protectionist economic system, and therefore developed its own highly skilled IT workforce.

And there is a rich, tempting market for cyber criminals in Brazil. Although only 14 percent of the population are regular internet users, that’s still close to 30 million people. Three-quarters of them do the bulk of their financial transactions on line.

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Art & Design

The Favela Chair

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According to highbrowfurniture.com, this small armchair is “made from many pieces of natural wood, similar to those with which the shacks of the favelas or shanty towns are built in Brazil, glued and nailed together by hand. The hand crafting means that each seat is slightly different from the other.”

Designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana, you can get one for the very non-favela price of US$3,200.

Link: http://highbrowfurniture.com/seating/products/favela/

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The Feed

Brazil makes ‘rainforest’ condoms

The Brazilian government has begun producing condoms using rubber from trees in the Amazon.

The health ministry says the move will help preserve the largest rainforest in the world.

It will also cut dependence on imported contraceptives, which are given away to fight Aids.

The Brazilian government has one of the biggest programmes in the world to distribute free condoms in the fight against the disease.

Source: BBC News, Sao Paulo

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