Hackers tweet fake World Cup bomb scare on police page

AFP
A general view shows The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte prior to the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014
A general view shows The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte prior to the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Brasília (AFP) - Hackers broke into the Brazilian federal police's Twitter account on Saturday and posted a message about a bomb threat at the stadium hosting the Brazil-Chile World Cup game.

The fake message was posted shortly before the crunch round of 16 knock-out game at the Mineirao Stadium in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.

"The (Twitter) account of the Federal Police was hacked," the agency said in a statement. "The information about a bomb scare at Mineirao Stadium on Saturday afternoon during the Brazil-Chile game was false," it said.

The false tweet, which was later removed, read: "The bomb threat at Mineirao was confirmed, the evacuation of the venue is not ruled out."