The football World Cup kicked off last week with Fifa’s IT team expecting a major denial of service attack on its networks.
Fifa has been preparing for an attack following attempts to bring down systems at the 2002 World Cup, the 2003 Women’s World Cup and the 2005 Confederations Cup.
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The network for the World Cup, which will handle 15Tbytes of data over the next month, is run from a Munich datacentre. Fifa has a replacement datacentre on standby should it fail. In addition, each stadium has its own servers in case the network connection is lost, and a second logically separated datacentre should the first fail.
Fifa’s CIO Michael Kelly said, “I am extremely confident that we have taken all possible precautions against attacks on the network.”