The 2014 FIFA World Cup falls in line with events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics. Events this large, and this much in the public eye, are always at risk as far as security is concerned. With the being said, there is normally a heightened security presence as well. Unfortunately for websites, some things are tougher to protect from than others.
Thanks to a group of hackers, World Cup related websites, such as government based websites in Brazil, as well as official partners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have seen their websites go offline.
According to a report by Reuters, Anonymous, the well-known hacker group, is claiming the attacks. Thus far, car company Hyundai, as well as government based, Mato Grosso, have found themselves offline.
Similar to the hacks of Feedly and Evernote yesterday, the attack was of the DDoS form (Distributed Denial of Service). The hack sends a large volume of traffic to websites which in turn causes them to crash.
A hacker who claims to be a part of Anonymous told Reuters, “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 in order to promote a private, exclusive and corrupt sports event will be targeted.”
Though definitely not appreciated, it’s not uncommon for large sporting events to become a platform of promotion for whatever cause the person behind an attack is in favor of.
Likely to get back online shortly, both websites lose money as long as they remain offline. Hopefully this is the last of the issues surrounding the 2014 World Cup.