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Reports Say World Cup Web Sites Already Hacked

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  June 13, 2014

According to an article recently published on the Reuters website, several hackers report that they have successfully initiated cyberattacks against World Cup sponsor Hyundai and websites linked to the Brazilian-hosted soccer tournament. The report indicates that "_dozens of Brazilian websites_" including those operated by "_state government_" have been attacked according to statements quoted in the article from "_a member of the Anonymous hacker collective._."

The hacker, an individual, known as Che Commodore, was quoted in the article to say, "We had a busy last few days, and there is more still to come. Companies and institutions that work with a government that denies the basic rights of its people to promote a private, exclusive, and corrupt sports event will be targeted." He added that hackers have "_defaced_" government websites and have also used Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) on these and "_companies partnering with the World Cup organization._."

The article states that security experts released warnings regarding "Brazil's lack of infrastructure_" and alerted "_awareness to withstand computer attacks." According to the article, all these statements concern the operations team and management of the 32-nation soccer tournament, which began on June 12th, according to the report. Noting the reality of "_Brazil's weak cyber defenses_, "William Beer, one of Alvarez & Marsala's cybersecurity analysts, was quoted in the article to say, "_Even though people are starting to realize there are problems, a lot of sites have probably already been attacked and are infected. Now it is not so much a question of if but when they will be brought down._"

Read more in the full article about the serious concerns surrounding Brazil and how the success and stability of this event may be in the hands of hackers.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  June 13, 2014