Massive Cyber Attacks Against The Government Of Ecuador After The Arrest Of Julian Assange
The government of Ecuador has faced nearly 40 million cyber attacks in retaliation for the decision to withdraw political asylum to Julian Assange , founder of WikiLeaks, a fact that allowed his arrest by the British authorities.
After having remained as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost seven years, Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, decided to stop giving refuge to the activist. Moreno argues that Assange failed to comply with his treatment by intervening in the political affairs of other nations, in addition to continuing his espionage activities.
Since the arrest of Assange, several online platforms of the Ecuadorian government began receiving multiple cyber attacks allegedly perpetrated by sympathetic groups of the founder of WikiLeaks , experts in forensic computing report.
The investigations carried out by the Ecuadorian government have revealed that the majority of cyber attacks have originated in the United States, Holland, Germany, Brazil, France and England.
Government officials in Ecuador added that the attackers sent a huge amount of traffic to a single server, saturating their bandwidth to finally collapse the service. Javier Jara, of the Ministry of Telecommunications of Ecuador, maintains that the attacks are directly linked to the arrest of Julian Assange.
According to experts in forensic computation, threat actors focused attacks mainly against the central bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the office of the president of Ecuador.
For now, Assange is still being held in Belmarsh prison, United Kingdom. The founder of WikiLeaks could be extradited to the United States, where he faces hacking charges against the government, or Sweden, where there is a legal process against him for alleged sexual misconduct. If extradited to US territory, Julian Assange could be sentenced to death, although the British government has not yet confirmed whether Assange will be extradited to the United States.