World Cup Website Hacked? Anonymous, the

World Cup Website Hacked?

Anonymous, the hackers’ group, has claimed it has attacked a large number of websites associated with the World Cup , including Bank of Brazil ‘s and that of the country’s military police.

The loose association of so-called hacktivists , which claim they compromise websites for a cause, launched a campaign it called “Tangodown” or “ophackingcup” on Twitter.

Anonymous claimed it was responsible for taking offline the Bank of Brazil‘s website, the military police website and that of the intelligence services. Other sites associated with the government and some sponsors also appear to have been affected. None has responded to requests for comment.

The hackers appear to have used a denial of service attack, a favoured method of Anonymous, which bombards an organisation’s servers with so much traffic that its site is forced offline.

One group of hackers calling itself “XhackerTN” took over the homepage of a site associated with the bank, posting a photo of a protest in Brazil against the tournament and abusing Fifa, football’s governing body, and the World Cup.
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