A new trend has emerged – Hacktivist campaigns against high-profile sporting events.
Anonymous Caucasus, also known as “The Electronic Army of the Caucasus Emirate”, an Islamist hacker group, has already threatened to carry out cyber attacks before and during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The next major sporting event is the World Cup, schedule to take place in June 2014 in Brazil. In recent days Anonymous hackers have launched cyber attacks against Brazilian government websites in protest against the 2014 World Cup.
The hacktivists have also created an event page on Facebook threatening that every Saturday until the beginning of the games on June 12, 2014, they will wage cyber attacks against different websites that are affiliated with the Brazilian government and FIFA, the international governing body of association football.
Thus far, hundreds of people have joined the event and the number of participants will most likely increase during the next months.