Hackers put Brazilian government on alert

Brazil's second-highest court has been hacked — and the entire government is working to avoid new, coordinated attacks

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Illustration: André Chiavassa

Last year, hundreds of Brazilian authorities had their cell phone security breached by amateur hackers. Some of the country’s biggest political figures were affected, including President Jair Bolsonaro, Supreme Court justices, the heads of both congressional houses, the prosecutor general, and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. The most visible face of this massive hack was the so-called “Car Wash Leaks,” when website The Intercept began leaking private messages exchanged by members of Operation Car Wash — eviscerating the inner workings of the anti-corruption probe.

Now, Brazil faces a potentially more severe attack.

The Federal Police and a group of...

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