Hackers Take Down World Cup-Affiliated Sites, Tease 'More Still to Come'

A youth plays soccer on a street decorated with World Cup related murals in Mangaratiba, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Hackers have reportedly attacked a series of World Cup-related websites, including government sites and official partners of the upcoming games in Brazil, kicking them offline.
According to a Reuters report, a hacker affiliated with hacktivist group Anonymous says it's responsible for the cyberattacks. Among those kicked offline earlier this week include World Cup sponsor Hyundai and government state Mato Grosso (where Chile will play Australia on Friday), but Hyundai has yet to confirm it was hit by hackers.

The hackers used DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which sends large volumes of traffic to sites, causing them to crash.
"We had a busy last few days and there is more still to come," a hacker who claims to be a part of Anonymous told Reuters.
"Companies and institutions that work with a government that denies the basic rights of its people in order to promote a private, exclusive and corrupt sports event will be targeted," the hacker said.
The news comes as popular note-taking app Evernote and RSS reader Feedly have been hit with major cyberattacks, too, with hackers demanding ransom from the latter service to get it back online. The World Cup-related incidents are likely unconnected.
The cyberattacks related to the World Cup aren't entirely surprising. It's common for issue-motivated groups to use major sporting events as a platform to promote their cause.
"Cyberattacks have become a popular way of gaining notoriety and publicity, though it’s not clear what motivations were behind this attack but could well be the issues that have seen Brazilians protesting almost daily," Edward Parsons, senior manager in the cyber security at KPMG, said in an emailed statement to Hoodi.

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