Cyber attacks on Ecuador double after Julian Assange arrest

The country's government sees 40 million attacks per day since the WikiLeaks founder was removed

Ecuadorean embassy

Hacking attempts on the Ecuadorean government have doubled since Julian Assange was arrested inside the country's London embassy last week.

According to Reuters, telecommunications vice minister Patricio Real told reporters that the websites for the country's presidency, central bank and foreign ministry has received 40 million hacking attempts per day since the WikiLeaks founder was arrested and removed by police on Thursday.

"During the afternoon of April 11 we jumped from 51st place to 31st place worldwide in terms of the volume of cyber attacks," Real said.

Real didn't provide any details as to who or where the attacks had come from and said it would be difficult to identify the hackers. However, he did say the hacking group Anonymous, which has taken credit for cyber attacks on government institutions in the US and UK, had made a threat.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

He also said the hacking attempts had not led to the theft of any government data but had made it difficult for employees and citizens to access accounts on the sites. The South American country will receive cyber security assistance from Israel.

Assange had been seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault investigation. These chargers have since been dropped but over the course of seven years, the relationship between Assange and the embassy soured dramatically.

WikiLeaks claimed the embassy has been trying to find a mechanism to eject him for some time and have taken steps to make life difficult for Assange, such as cutting off his internet access in 2016.

After his arrest, US prosecutors announced charges against Assange for allegedly conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of one of the largest compromises of classified information in US history.

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now


internet security

Avast and AVG extensions pulled from Chrome

19 Dec 2019

Google confirms Android cameras can be hijacked to spy on you

20 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020

Dell XPS 13 (New 9300) hands-on review: Chasing perfection

14 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020