With the ever increasing population of netizens in the world, the cyber threat is also growing in frequency and variation. Cyber threats include cybercrime, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber warfare etc. These threats pose a wide range of risks for economies like identity theft, financial losses, destroyed network infrastructure and breach of confidential information. This paper carries out a comparative assessment of cyber threats in the world’s most lucrative targets- the BRICS nations which are emerging economies and at higher risk of cyber attacks. The paper focuses mainly on the factors which makes them vulnerable targets of such attacks as well as on the impact assessment of such attacks on these economies. While the impacts of these threats cannot be over emphasized, recommendations were proposed on how these threats can be minimized if not totally eliminated.

Keywords: Cyber Threat, Cyber Attacks, BRICS

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