Some online activists from Brazil are issuing threats that they would disrupt the 2014 Fifa World Cup, according to reports.
A group who links itself with the hacktivist collective Anonymous said they are setting their scopes on official websites.
“We are already making plans… I don’t think there is much they can do to stop us,” said one activist under the alias Eduarda Dioratto to the press agency Reuters.
Brazil is currently being barraged by protests against the extravagant preparations for the competition.
‘Security remains very low’
An activist known as Che Commodore told the press agency that they would be targeting “official websites and those of companies sponsoring the cup.”
The tactic they would most likely launch is a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which overload website servers with data to crash them – the same method intelligence agencies use to bring down pirate sites.
“It’s fast, damaging, and relatively simple to carry out,” said Che Commodore.
One hacktivist called Bile Day commented on the simplicity of their attack, “It’s nothing out of this world. Security remains very low.”
Experts have agreed that, despite the 33 billion Brazilian real investment for the competition, efforts to reinforce telecommunications and cyber security remain disappointing.