Anonymous Hacking Group Targets FIFA World Cup Websites In #OpHackingCup Campaign

Anonymous Hacking Group Targets FIFA World Cup Websites In #OpHackingCup Campaign (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As promised, hackers from the group Anonymous have launched cyberattacks against websites connected to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including government sites in Brazil.

“We had a busy last few days and there is more still to come,” hacker Che Commodore, who claims to be a member of Anonymous, told Reuters. “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.”

According to a report on HackersNewsBulletin, the hacktivists are targeting sponsors of the tournament such as Adidas, Budweiser, Emirates Airline, and Coca-Cola, though only Brazilian websites have so far been attacked.

The hacking group began its #OpHackingCup campaign on June 11th, and has already infiltrated Hyundai Brazil, the Mato Grosso government website, and Brazil’s Foreign Ministry.

“In a time when anyone can Google up a ‘botnet for hire’ and use it to execute a 20-40Gbps attack, from several thousands sources, no threat can be truly dismissed,” said Incapsula’s Product Evangelist Igal Zeifman. “The fact that this attack could succeed, even after the early warning, is a great reminder as to why organizations should always re-evaluate their DDoS protection, or risk the consequences.”

Anonymous promises more attacks in the coming weeks of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which ends on July 13th.

A list of websites reportedly hacked by the group can be found here.