The hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on websites of the Brazilian government and major sponsors of the World Cup. Dubbed #OpWorldCup, the operation is protesting corruption and “actions against the people.”
Five-time champions Brazil are hosting the 20th football World Cup, with Germany battling it out with Argentina to see who will be crowned champion in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. RT is providing full coverage of the match on its website.
The recent protests against this month’s FIFA World Cup have spread to Twitter with the hashtag "I am not going to Brazil because…" Brazil’s president has slammed the protest as a campaign against FIFA and her party.
Leaked documents pertaining to the case against an American computer hacker currently serving a 10-year prison sentence have exposed discrepancies concerning the government's prosecution and raise further questions about the role of a federal informant.
Just a week before the World Cup, around 12,000 protesters marched on Sao Paulo’s football stadium demanding low-income housing. At the same time the city’s Metro workers declared an indefinite strike, bringing Brazil’s largest city to a grinding halt.
These stunning photos and videos were taken by daredevils addicted to extreme urban climbing who aren’t fazed by eye-watering heights of the world’s tallest buildings and monuments. Most of the climbers scaled the heights without any safety equipment.
A British travel company boss has taken the art of the selfie to new heights, when he got rare permission to climb to the top of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, and, once there, took a picture of himself sticking out of the statue’s head.
Amid mass demos and violence over extravagant World Cup spending showing little promise of return for an impoverished Brazil, Anonymous hackers plan a mass hack attack on the Cup’s sponsors, a source told Reuters.
With just two weeks remaining until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, those who believe the global event is too much of a burden for the country’s struggling economy have found a new way to channel their protest energy – with graffiti.