FIFA World Cup: Hackers post fake bomb threat from Brazil Police`s Twitter handle

FIFA World Cup — Plagued with protests and riots, Brazil`s federal police had to go into overdrive on Saturday to quell rumours of a bomb threat at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, where Brazil played its Round of 16 game against Chile.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2014, 00:43 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Rio De Janeiro: Plagued with protests and riots, Brazil`s federal police had to go into overdrive on Saturday to quell rumours of a bomb threat at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, where Brazil played its Round of 16 game against Chile.
The Twitter account of federal police was hacked and a rumour was posted of a bomb threat in the host stadium, claimed Brazil’s government.

The Policia Federal account tweeted to inform that its account was hacked and the rumour were not to be believed.
The hacked message was posted about an hour before kickoff Saturday and said that there “was a confirmed bomb threat” in the stadium in the city of Belo Horizonte, and that “an evacuation is not being ruled out.”

The office of the Brazilian presidency said on its own Twitter account about an hour later that the message was false. The fake message was removed.

Brazil’s government websites and those related to the World Cup have been targeted by hackers in recent weeks. But nobody immediately took credit for this incident.

With Agency Inputs