Anonymous Makes Headlines Again with New World Cup Threats

According to Reuters, the hacker group Anonymous is preparing a cyber attack for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

The attack will target corporate sponsors of the event, as a form of protest against the “lavish spending” on the soccer tournament in a country that struggles to provide basic services, according to information Reuters gleaned from a hacker with knowledge of the plan.

Anonymous recently attacked the computer networks of Brazil’s Foreign Ministry and leaked dozens of confidential emails, Reuters reports.

The hacker, who goes by the alias Che Commodore, spoke of their plan via a Skype conversation from an unknown location in Brazil.

“We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable. We have a plan of attack. This time we are targeting the sponsors of the World Cup,” said Commodore.

Reuters asked him to name potential targets and he mentioned Adidas, Emirates airline, Budweiser and Coca-Cola. Reuters notes they had no means of confirming Che Commodore’s affiliation with Anonymous or his identity.

Commodore also told Reuters that a hacker by the name of AnonManifest used a phishing attack to hack into the Foreign Ministry’s databases and ended up accessing its documentation system.

According to Reuters, the Foreign Ministry closed down its email system and told everyone to change their passwords. The ministry said only 55 email accounts were hacked and nothing important was leaked. However, for several days Brazilian diplomats abroad had no email communications with their headquarters.


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