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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._"
Written by Bryon Turcotte / June 13, 2014