Hackers Target World Cup Sponsors
June 5, 2014
The World Cup could be the victim of multiple cyber attacks (Getty Images)
(WFI) Hacker group Anonymous said they are planning cyber-attacks on World Cup sponsors.
Speaking to Reuters, a hacker with the alias Che Commodore, said: "We have a plan of attack," regarding targeting the websites of prominent FIFA World Cup partners.
Commodore spoke under the guise of anonymity.
“We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable," he said.
Anonymous posted 333 pages of documents they hacked from the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s website, the largest data breach for Brazil since the United State’s NSA allegedly spied on Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff’s personal emails.
The documents included which sports ministries are planning on going to the World Cup, and a briefing between the Brazilian government and US vice president Joe Biden, who will attend the World Cup.
"The problem has been resolved. Nothing important was leaked," a Brazilian official told the news agency.
Preparations for the World Cup have been marred by stadium delays, and a cyber-breach would add to the list of troubles for tournament organisers.
When pressed to name sponsors Anonymous could be targeting, Commodore mentioned Adidas, Emirates, Coca-Cola and Budweiser.
The FIFA World Cup begins June 12 in Sao Paolo and concludes with the final at Rio's Maracana on July 13.
By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer
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