Ecuador says it has been hit with 40 million cyber attacks since Julian Assange was arrested at its embassy in London
- Ecuador says it was targeted with more than 40 million cyber attacks from "groups linked to Julian Assange" in the five days since they revoked his asylum and allowed his arrest by UK authorities.
- The finance ministry and president's office were targeted from computers in the US, Brazil, Germany, Romania, UK, and France, Patricio Real, Ecuador's deputy minister for information told AFP.
- The WikiLeaks founder was arrested at Ecuador's London embassy last Thursday by UK police, ending his near seven-year self-imposed exile in the building.
- Assange, 47, now faces extradition to the US to face a government hacking charge, or to Sweden to face allegations of rape. He also faces up to a year in British jail for skipping bail.
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Ecuador says it has weathered over 40 million cyber attacks since Julian Assange was arrested five days ago.Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno stripped Assange of asylum status on Thursday, allowing UK police to arrest him at the London embassy he called home for nearly seven years.Advertisement
Moreno accused Assange of interfering in the "processes of other states" and "spying."
Since the arrest, a huge number of cyber attacks have been directed at Ecuadorian government websites from groups in support of the WikiLeaks founder, Patricio Real, the country's deputy minister for information and communication technologies told AFP.The vast majority came from the US, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the UK, he said.
Volumetric attacks are cyber attacks which send a enormous amount of traffic to a single server to try to overwhelm its bandwidth, and render it useless.
Jara noted the main targets were Ecuador's foreign ministry, its central bank, and the president's office.Assange - currently held at Belmarsh Prison in London - now faces extradition to the US to face one charge of hacking a government computer, or to Sweden to face two cases of sexual misconduct.Advertisement
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