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Hackers found it a site for sore eyes

August 20, 2008
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BRASILIA - Disgruntled hackers targeted the Brazilian Olympic Committee's website yesterday to complain about the country's poor performance at the Beijing Games.

The hackers replaced regular content with criticisms of Brazilian athletes, the committee said.

"Brazil stinks in these Olympics" was one of the messages posted, according to the Universo On Line news service of the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. Brazil was in 39th place with one gold and five bronze medals late yesterday.

The site was out of operation for several hours, including during the Brazil-Argentina semifinal soccer match yesterday, which Argentina won, 3-0.

"Dear user, our site is temporarily off . . . for maintenance reasons," the committee said in a statement posted on its website. "We will return soon with news of our delegation in Beijing."

By mid-afternoon, the site was back on. (AP)

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