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February 26, 2014 AT 8:00 AM
Brazilian hackers are threatening to disrupt the World Cup, with attacks ranging from jamming websites to data theft, adding cyber warfare to the list of challenges for a competition already marred by protests, delays and overspending. In a country with rampant online crime, a challenging telecommunications infrastructure, and little experience with cyber attacks, authorities are rushing to protect government websites and those of FIFA, soccer's governing body. Furious about the $14 billion in federal funds being spent on World Cup preparations, more than a million Brazilians took to the streets last June in a wave of mass demonstrations, calling for better public services, greater transparency, and a crackdown on corruption.