Hackers replace Brazil World Cup website with protest footage

The cyberattack symbolized growing rage against a status quo crystallized in World Cup, Olympics spending

Published June 18, 2013 8:37PM (EDT)

Evidencing (as if it were really necessary) that the ongoing mass protests and riots in Brazil are about much more than the latest public transport fare hike, hackers have attacked the Brazil 2014 World Cup website with protest footage. While the World Cup and the Olympics are lauded as emblems of sporting prowess and global unity, they are understood to be working vectors and reproducers of neoliberal hegemony, with concomitant city-restructuring, government spending and displacement of the poor in favor of massive stadiums and tourist facilities.

The FIFA website was (and, stunningly, remains) replaced with footage of protesters marching then meeting a vicious police response:

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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