Anonymous Takes Down Brazilian World Cup Site In Protest

Katie Frates Editor-in-chief of The Daily Walkthrough
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Anonymous, the notorious hacker group, successfully took down the 2014 Brazilian World Cup site on Friday.

The attack is part of a hacking campaign called Operation Hacking Cup, The New York Times reports. The campaign, which uses the hashtag #OpHackingCup, has claimed over 140 attacks since the World Cup began on June 12.

Anonymous is protesting poverty, governmental negligence and inequality exacerbated by spending billions to host the World Cup.


Other organizations targeted include Yingli Solar, The Brazilian Football Confederation and Fiat. Anonymous uses the hashtag #TangoDown to flaunt successful attacks.





The primary method of cyber attack used is distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS. Flooding the a site with large quantities of traffic from many different sources makes it difficult to identify legitimate traffic and causes a site to slow down or become unavailable.

Anonymous has also boasted of hacking the Brazilian federal police. They released user names, passwords and a link to the internal log-in site.