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Ecuadorian Government Battles Cyberattacks from Colombia

QUITO – The Ecuadorian government has taken steps to counteract “systematic” attacks on its computer networks, some of them originating in Colombia, President Rafael Correa said.

“We have traced those attacks many times ... and some of those attacks had their origin in Colombia,” he told reporters, revealing that the targets have included computers in his office and the systems of the military Joint Command.

The attacks have been mounted by “organized networks,” the president said.

“The biggest danger is what is called cybernetic war, which means to override, for example, airport controls, cause accidents, override the electricity control, cause blackouts,” Correa said.

Adversaries could also engage in remote sabotage of military aircraft and other weapons system, he said.

“The technology for that exists,” Correa said.

He said his government has implemented a $4 million cybersecurity program under the direction of the military.

Correa drew a distinction between cyber warfare and incidents such as the hacking of official online accounts – including his own – by “unthinking” people out to embarrass the government.

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