In response to the arrest acktivist communities launched several attacks against the Ecuador government.
Yesterday Ecuador confirmed that over 40 million cyber attacks hit the webpages of public institutions since stripping the arrest of Julian Assange.
Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, revealed that the attacks had “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom,” as well as from the South American country itself.
Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after President Lenin Moreno withdrew asylum after seven years.
Moreno officially decided to remove the asylum because of Assange’s interferences in the “processes of other states” and “spying.”
“Moreno accused Assange of interfering in the “processes of other states” and “spying.” reported the AFP agency.
“As well as overturning Assange’s asylum status, Ecuador stripped him of the nationality he was given in 2017 under the government of Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa.”
Javier Jara, undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, confirmed that groups linked to Julian Assange launched “volumetric attacks” that blocked access to the internet.
Government websites were hit by massive DDoS attacks that isolated them from the Internet, most of the attacks targeted websites of the foreign ministry, the central bank, the president’s office, the internal revenue service, and several ministries and universities.
At the time of publishing there is no news of data breach.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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