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Ecuador says hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Websites of Ecuadorian government agencies and services have been targeted in 40 million cyberattacks since last week, when the country terminated Julian Assange’s political asylum and subsequently invited UK police into the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to arrest the Wikileaks founder almost seven years after he took refuge there.

The attacks started last Thursday, the day of the arrest. According to Ecuador, most malicious traffic was coming from “the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom,” as well as from within Ecuador. According to an official, the attacks followed “threats from those groups linked to Julian Assange.”

Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno has said that Assange was arrested because he “is still linked to WikiLeaks and therefore involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states.”

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