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Supermaxi Ecuador victim of social media spreading of fake offers from retailer

metroecuador.com.ec(machine translated)Supermaxi denies false publications on its behalf
One of the fake publications tells users that they have earned a Chevrolet Sail for their loyalty.

The corporation Favorita through its brand Supermaxi notified through its social networks that in the last days have been published false promotions using the name of the mark.

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One of the fake publications tells users that they have earned a Chevrolet Sail for their loyalty.
The message sent by the corporation through its social networks was as follows:

Dear Customers: Several false promotional publications circulate using our brand.
Do not submit your data and remember that Supermaxi only communicates promotions and contests through its official digital channels or points of sale. For any irregularities, call 1800 787376. Read Article

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Study Says Out of 78 Countries, Ecuador Scores Next to Last in 4G Speed/Service

REPORT STATES ECUADOR ONLY SCORES ABOVE SRI LANKA OUT OF 78 COUNTRIES FOR 4G SPEED trak.in / After analysing 17 billion measurements, across 500,687 devices between July 1st and September 30th, OpenSignal has published their 7th State of LTE Report, and there are strong indications about India’s 4G revolution in their findings. Testing speed and […]

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Ecuador: State Owned CET to invest $4.3 million in high-speed broadband communications for govt.

Ecuador’s CNT invests USD 4 mln in govt communications telecompaper.com Ecuador’s state-owned operator CNT to invest 4.3 million investment in a high-speed broadband, telephony, cloud and unified communications platform for government entities. The platform was inaugurated by the country’s president Rafael Correa and offers a transmission capacity of up to 10 Gbps, equivalent to connecting […]

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Cuba: Google Activates Line of Caching Servers

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Google activates company’s first servers in Cuba The servers will only speed up access for existing users, but can internet-based programs like this eventually lead to greater freedoms for Cuban citizens? Weston Williams/CSmonitor.com On Thursday, Google activated a line of caching servers in Cuba, becoming the first […]

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Ecuador: Police Issue Alert For Children Regarding Blue Whale Game

ELUNIVERSO.COM (machine translated) reported the Ecuadorian Police last night launched a campaign aimed at parents to prevent their children and teenagers from falling into what is known as the ‘Blue Whale’ game. “Remember that your life is not a game.” #NoJuegoLaBallenaAzul. “Speak,” wrote the police, hanging a warning in which he asks the parents to […]

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Ecuador: False Report From President’s daughter criticizing the country, goes viral

False report of Rafael Correa’s daughter becomes viral metroecuador.com.ec (machine translated) reported that in social networks has circulated a false news of one of the daughters of Rafael Correa. The page truth360 published the content, without verification, and without being a means of communication and the news was viralized. At the moment, the page removed […]

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Ecuador: President Accuses U.S. of Hacking Electoral Council’s website

elcomercio.com reported on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa accused “hackers from the United States” of the temporary collapse of the website of the National Electoral Council (CNE) on April 2, the date of the presidential elections, an event the opposition relates to the supposed “fraud” it denounces. “What really happened was the […]

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Dominican Republic: Two Journalists Shot Dead During Live Facebook Broadcast

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Two journalists killed during Facebook Live broadcast aljazeera.com reported attackers burst into the studio and shot the presenter mid-broadcast, a shooting that was also caught on Facebook live. Police in the Dominican Republic have arrested three men after two radio journalists were shot dead during a Facebook […]

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Ecuador: Newspaper victim of hacked Twitter accounts

eldiario.ec reported that Diario El Comercio (newspaper) reported that two of its accounts on the social network Twitter were hacked. The announcement was made by the media through the same social network, last night, February 12, 2017. The national newspaper indicated that the accounts violated were from the magazine Líderes and Deportes de El Comercio. […]

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Fileless Computer Attacks Seen in Ecuador, Hard to Detect

The attacks used Windows utilities and open-source tools instead of easily detectable malware programs cio.com/By Lucian Constantin reported: Using its sensor network, Kaspersky found similar PowerShell scripts inside the registry of computers from around 100 other enterprise networks worldwide. The U.S., France, Ecuador, Kenya and the U.K. are the countries with the largest number of […]

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Anonymous shut down Ecuador’s govt email in retaliation of Assange incident

rt.com reported that hacktivist group Anonymous said it had shut down the Ecuadorian government mail in retaliation for its decision to cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection for the period of the US presidential elections. “Shut Down The Internet; We’ll Shut Down Your Communications!” read the tweet posted by Anonymous on Sunday night. […]

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Wikileaks denies it published content from the jurisdiction of Ecuador

WikiLeaks tweeted Monday its statement detailing the status of founder Julian Assange and the organization. WikiLeaks confirmed Ecuador’s decision to “not permit Mr. Assange to use the government of Ecuador’s internet connection.” The organization, however, added that Ecuador said it will “continue to protect Mr. Assange’s asylum rights. The statement, posted on WikiLeaks’ official Twitter […]

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Wikileaks reports heavily armed police outside Ecuador’s embassy in London

zerohedge.com reported as pressure from the Obama administration mounts on the Ecuadorian government and Assange to halt the flow of Hillary’s emails, Wikileaks just posted the following tweet revealing heavily armed “police” outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London/The “police” presence apparently began to amass earlier this week just as Wikileaks confirmed that the Ecuadorian […]

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Wikileaks says U.S. asked Ecuador to cut Assange off from internet

mcclatchydc.com/Tim Johnson reported Wikileaks said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia. Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to […]

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Foreign Minister admits to restricting access to Wikileaks network within Ecuador’s embassy

cnn.com reported Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry published a statement on Tuesday saying it “exercised its right” to “temporarily restrict access to some of (WikiLeaks’) private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom.” The statement says the temporary restriction would not prevent WikiLeaks from “carrying out its journalistic activities. The statement mentions the “wealth of […]

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Confirmed Assange Internet Access taken down by Ecuador after release of Clinton emails

theguardian.com reported Group says access was shut down soon after the publication of Hillary Clinton’s speeches and it has ‘activated appropriate contingency plans’ Julian Assange’s internet was cut off by Ecuador, WikiLeaks has said, deflecting blame from the US and British governments, which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material. Ecuador has reiterated its […]

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Ecuador: Most Victims of Sextortion, married men via Facebook, Skype

FROM INTERPOL.INT – PURPLE NOTICES Applicant Country: Ecuador Date Posted: 08/03/2016 MODUS OPERANDI Type of crime: Extortions sexual mode using social networks / Payments being deposited to individuals in the Ivory Coast interpol.int provided following information – Date: July 26, 2016 Place: Quito, Carchi, Esmeraldas, Imbabura Country: Ecuador Circumstances: Through complaints in prosecution, related to […]

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Ecuador: Political website reporters receive threats after writing about Rafael Correa’s daughter

PANAMPOST.COM reported the website 4Pelagatos in Ecuador has received numerous threats allegedly for publishing articles about President Rafael Correa’s daughter, according to The Andean Foundation for Media Study and Observation (Fundamedios). The media outlet responded to the threats by accusing the Ecuadorian government of intimidation tactics, and blaming them for anything that might happen to […]

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UK: Man confronted scaling Ecuador Embassy, where Julian Assange is housed

WikiLeaks Verified account ‏@wikileaks 16 mins ago at 2:47am a “cat burgler” scaled the side wall+window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London; fled after being caught by security. Home / Rebounds / ‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks chief ‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks […]

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Ecuador: Several sextortion cases being reported in last several months

Sex Extortion cases on the uptick using social networks to capture their victims, says Polivio Vinueza, head of the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion (Join) Unit. Eluniverso.com reported that according to the Interior Ministry, in recent months there have been several complaints of sectorition. The modus modus operandi begins with alleged foreign models who send friend requests […]

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Latin America: Sex Motel Apps helps lovers find an available room

Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary fusion.net reported even though sex motels are everywhere, it’s not always easy to find an available room when you’re new to a city, or on a busy weekend night. And when you’re in the mood, the last thing you want to do is drive […]

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Latin America: App use up across region

betanews.com reported Until now the Latin America region has been slow to adopt mobile apps, partly because of limited availability of high-speed data connections. But as the Rio Olympics kick off and the world focuses on the region, Yahoo’s analytics arm Flurry is releasing its first-ever report analyzing mobile activity across Latin America. Spanish Vocabulary […]

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Ecuador: Article 8 and internet freedom

eff.org reported according to a leaked internal memo of the multinational ISP Telefónica in Ecuador, the Association of Internet Providers of Ecuador (AEPROVI) collaborated with the Ecuadorian government to block their users’ access to websites. The memo was obtained and published by the Associated Whistleblowing Press and the Ecuadorian whistleblowing platform, Ecuador Transparente. The memo […]

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Freedom of Internet in Ecuador (Report)

FREEDOMHOUSE.ORG REPORTED – Ecuador’s backbone is not highly centralized. The government does not place limits on bandwidth, nor does it impose control over infrastructure, although a new provision in the 2015 Organic Law of Telecommunications grants the government the power to takeover telecommunications services in times of national emergency.[24] Some civil society groups have raised […]

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Ecuador: Report reveals in 2014, government blocked access to some websites on internet

panampost.com reported….Telefonica (Movistar) confirmed that the government of Rafael Correa ordered in 2014 to limit access to some websites Transparent According to Ecuador, the Government, through “opaque agreements” with the AEPROVI, has the technical ability to block websites throughout the national territory without being accountable. ( Effect Naim ) The Ecuadorian Government and the Association […]

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Ecuador: 704 cyber crimes reported in 2015

ecuavisa.com reported – According to the Ministry of the Interior in 2015, 704 cases were reported cybercrimes and 10 people arrested, five more than in 2014. The provincial prosecutor of Guayas, Paul Ponce explained that the penalty for computer crimes can range from 1-30 years depending on the aggravating circumstances. One of the most used […]

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64% of Brazilians use ad blockers on Internet

This week’s LATAM RoundUp brings the news that 64% of internet users in Brazil have adopted ad blockers; Global Data Bank (GDB) reveals its revenue goals for 2016 in Brazil; and the Brazilian government announced the second stage of public consultation for its Digital Law, Marco Civil da Internet. 64% of Brazilians use ad blockers […]

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Ecuador: Websites reporting on ‘Hacking Team” victims of DDoS attacks

Rebeca Morla / panampost.com wrote: On Sunday, July 5, hackers infiltrated the Italian information-technology company Hacking Team (HT), which sells offensive intrusion and surveillance software to government clients all over the world. The data breach revealed 400 gigabytes worth of company documents, emails, and invoices — many of them billed to Latin-American governments, including Ecuador. […]

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10 Leaders of Major Hacking Ring Producing Fake Official Documents Detained in Ecuador

elcomercio.com/Sara Ortiz reported A PhD was the most expensive, costing up to USD 10 000. and engineering degrees prices initiated from USD 1000. An alleged gang of hackers or cybercriminals have charged these prices to record a fake title in the computer system of the Secretariat National Higher Education (Senescyt). Lawyers, doctors, engineers, business managers, […]

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Bolivia: Woman arrested for selling her baby on Facebook

ecuavisa.com/EFE A Bolivian woman has been arrested after allegedly selling her one month old daughter through Facebook for the equivalent of $251.00. The baby was sold to an eighteen year old woman, who also was detained. They have been accused of trafficking in person. The mother who has four other children that she was not […]

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Ecuador: Leaked Documents reveal President used public funds to delete critical online content of him

Ecuador’s President Used Millions Of Dollars Of Public Funds To Censor Critical Online Videos buzzfeed.com reported Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has seen leaked documents that reveal Rafael Correa used the intelligence budget to delete content critical of him and the first lady from YouTube, Facebook, and other sites. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, used millions […]

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Ecuador: NGO warns journalists, activists of attacks via spyware

panampost.com/Belén Marty reported Ecuadorian free-speech NGO Fundamedios reports that Ecuadorian journalists and activists have likely been attacked with the same spyware used to target the late Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman and Argentinean journalist Jorge Lanata. On August 25, the NGO released a statement based on data collected for an article published on August 21 in […]

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Latin America: Assange claims NSA eavesdrops on 98% of communications from South America

RT.com reported The US National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdrop on practically all communications from South American countries, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a Chilean media outlet on Tuesday. “Ninety-eight percent of Latin American communications are intercepted by the NSA while passing through the United States to the world,” Julian Assange said in an interview with […]

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Young woman’s horrible experience with rumors on Facebook in Mexico

BBC.com …. A young woman who was subjected to awful rumours online decided to turn the tables by posting a Facebook video criticizing her anonymous bullies. Lilia Rodriguez had good intentions. Two years ago she started a Facebook page for her local community. It was intended to bring people together in her town, Leon in […]

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Ecuador: Leaked Documents show government is on client list of Hacking Team

panampost.com/Rebeca Morla reported on Sunday, July 5, hackers infiltrated the Italian information-technology company Hacking Team (HT), which sells offensive intrusion and surveillance software to government clients all over the world. The data breach revealed 400 gigabytes worth of company documents, emails, and invoices — many of them billed to Latin-American governments, including Ecuador. According to […]

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Ecuador: During Protests internet services heavily used, service problems

globalvoicesonline.org reported: During the demonstrations, at least during those in Quito and Guayaquil, problems were evident with mobile Internet services supplied by private service providers. People noticed the problem and came up with explanations ranging from network saturation due to the massive volume of users, to the use of signal jammers, which are illegal under […]

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Cuba to increase access to the internet

nytimes.com reported Cuba, one of the Western Hemisphere’s least-wired countries, is poised to expand access to the Internet by introducing about three dozen Wi-Fi hot spots around the island and reducing the steep fees that Cubans pay to spend time online. The move, announced in Juventud Rebelde, an official newspaper aimed at the island’s youth, […]

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Argentina: Woman seduces man on Facebook, drugs and robs victim with accomplices

elcomercio.com reported a 21-year-old woman seduced a 39 year-old man through Facebook and then robbed him along with two accomplices Buenos Aires, Argentina. The police said that Sofia Dávila contacted her victim, identified as Diego, on Facebook and in less than two weeks agreed to a sexual encounter in the home of man. Sofia went […]

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Ecuador: Alleged threat made to administrator of satirical Facebook page

elcomercio.com reported Fundamedios informed through its website of an alleged threat against the administrator of the satirical Facebook page, Crudo Ecuador. The information “corroborated” says that “unknown sent an anonymous note” which warn subtext being monitored. The note “threatening” was sent along with a bouquet of flowers. Here he identifies the ‘cyberactivista’ with names. Part […]

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Ecuador: President launches social media trolls to monitor critics

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has declared war on his critics on social media. panampost.com/Rebeca Morla reported ….On Saturday, January 24, President Correa announced the launch of a new website designed to investigate and respond to social-media users that “attack” or “defame” his government. Correa’s New Weapon: Somos + In order to confront what the president […]

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Ecuador: Plan in place to lay 750,000 km of cable to connect country with broadband

newswalk.info reported 750,000 km of cable to connect all villages with broadband:… 750,000 km of cable to connect all villages with broadband: Prasad.750,000 km of cable to connect all villages with broadband: Prasad Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that 750,000 km of cable is proposed to be laid over […]

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Ecuador: President Correa accuses U.S. of systematic cyber attacks on his private computer

RT.com reported Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has accused the US of “systematic, high-tech” cyber-attacks on his private internet accounts and computers, the last of which was traced back to American servers last Thursday. He outlines his accusations in a scathing Twitter post and later comments to the Latin American press. “On Thursday, all day I […]

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Ecuador: Pay-TV market fastest growing in Latin America

rapidtvnews.com reported…The fastest growing pay-TV market in Latin America, Ecuador’s subscription TV sector continues to grow, nearing 30% penetration – three times more than four years ago – after reporting almost 5% growth in Q3. According to figures published by Supertel, the country’s public telecom regulator, there are currently 1.16 million subs in Ecuador, meaning […]

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Ecuador: President Correa states cyber attacks against govt. originated from Colombia

telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadoran President announces cyber attacks against his government originated in Colombia. At a meeting with representatives from various media outlets on Thursday, President Rafael Correa revealed that the hacks which have targeted members and institutions of his government were of Colombian origin. The cyber attacks “originated from Colombia, this is the work […]

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Ecuador: Video removed from YouTube allegedly for copyright violation, reinstated

The Netizen Report originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Mahsa Alimardani, Juan Arellano, Ellery Roberts Biddle, Lisa Ferguson, Bojan Perkov, Sonia Roubini and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report. Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week’s […]

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Brazil plans on storing its data locally, may threaten global internet per experts

rnw.nl reported Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, a staunch opponent of US mass surveillance, garnered praise for her initiatives against mass Internet monitoring on the international stage. But a plan included in a national law that would force Internet companies to store Brazilian data within the country’s borders has been much less popular. Internet experts fear […]

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Twitter sets sight on expansion in Colombia

vanguardia.com reported 68% of mobile phone users in Colombia reached that social network on a daily basis. Business opportunity for the technology giant. Twitter, a company founded for the mobile world, located in Latin America a natural market growth encouraged by the ever more rapid adoption of smartphones in the region, said to Efe Shailesh […]

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Costa Rica: President Chinchilla explains challenges of free speech and social media

rnw.nl reported Over the past three years, the president of Costa Rica has been heavily criticised by her country’s citizens. Many see Laura Chinchilla as the worst president in Latin America. Much of the criticism is being expressed via social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook. Her government has found it difficult to deal with […]

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How small villages in Mexico are gaining access to cellphone and internet service

rnw.nl reported …. Sick of waiting around until the telecoms bring you cellphone reception and a solid Internet connection? Techies believes there’s no need to wait around anymore. With cheap new technology and smart policy hacks, they’re helping remote towns build their own communications networks. One year ago, Talea de Castro, a small mountain town […]

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Movistar Ecuador to sell iPhone 6 smart phones by end of Nov 14′

telecompaper.com reported Movistar Ecuador expects to start selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones during the last week of November or the first week of December, El Comercio reports. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and come equipped the Apple-designed A8 chip with second-generation 64-bit […]

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Ecuador to Invest in Cyber Security Command Unit

elnuevoherald.com/AP reported Ecuador plans to invest eight million dollars to create a command of cyber defense unit for the country that he expects to be completely operable by mid 2015. General Luis Garzón, head of the joint command of the armed forces, said he expects the project to begin within 30 days. They are in […]

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Machete Malware hacking its way through Latin America

ECUADOR, VENEZUELA, COLOMBIA BIGGEST VICTIMS IN LATIN AMERICA What is “Machete”? SECURELIST.COM REPORTED…”Machete” is a targeted attack campaign with Spanish speaking roots. We believe this campaign started in 2010 and was renewed with an improved infrastructure in 2012. The operation may be still “active”. The malware is capable of the following cyber-espionage operations: Logging keystrokes […]

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Ecuador’s government, military victim of cyber espionage campaign

plenglish.com reported Ecuador is one of the victims of a cyber espionage campaign, seeking military, diplomatic and governmental information, which has been in place since 2010. It has also affected 778 people in Colombia and Venezuela, warned the Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab. “We can not speculate on the origins, but we know, that […]

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Ecuador: Worried about future of natural resources for revenue, attempting to build a silicon valley

NPR.org reported Ecuador is trying to build a high-tech city, which it hopes will spur a more diverse economy. The tiny South American country is concerned about possibly running out of the natural resources it relies on for most of its revenue. MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: Now to Ecuador which is rich in oil and gold […]

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New Ehealth Initiatives in Latin America (PAHO)

paho.org reported new eHealth initiatives are springing up in countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, in parallel with the increasing use of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the region. These initiatives have the potential to improve access to and quality of health care, yet few countries have policies in place to guide […]

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4G private networks expected to be operational by mid-2015 in Ecuador

worldeinnews.com reported the government of Ecuador expects private 4G networks to be operational by mid-2015, state news agency Andes reported, citing the country’s strategic sectors minister Rafael Poveda. The official added that the government expects the deployment of 4G networks will take nearly 9 months. In June, Ecuador’s government had kicked off negotiations with mobile […]

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Ecuador Proposes law to increase taxes on private telecoms operators’ profits

telecompaper.com reported the government of Ecuador has submitted a bill to increase taxes on private telecoms operators’ profits. The bill stipulates that private telecoms operators should give 12 percent of their profits to the state and 3 percent to their workers. The state will invest the money in social projects, connectivity programs as well as […]

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APP Firm sends out false alert for earthquake in Mexico City

bbc.com reported a Mexican company behind a mobile app which gives people a warning before an impending earthquake has apologised after it issued a false alarm. Thousands of Mexico City residents evacuated buildings at noon on Monday after the SkyAlert app told them to prepare for “a quake within seconds” in their area. SkyAlert said […]

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Ecuador: Supertel reports six non programmed interruptions by cell phone services

Telecompaper.com reported Ecuador’s telecoms cellphone authority Supertel reported six non-programmed interruptions in the mobile telephone sector during the second quarter of 2014. Mobile operator Claro reported four non-programmed service interruptions. CNT and Movistar both registered one service interruption. Supertel stated the companies have been directed to compensate cellphone users for certain service interruptions. Read Article […]

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Ecuador: Closure of paper edition of newspaper, may be evolution to digital

CSmonitor.com reported the relationship between media and the government in Ecuador has been referred to as a ‘war.’ But all sides agree the media landscape there and across Latin America is moving toward online as the population of internet users rapidly grows. A printing press sits idle in Diario HOY, one of Ecuador’s most respectable […]

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Latin America: Internet and Social Media in carrying out acts of criminal groups

isnblog.ethz.ch reported the authors of this article would like to expand upon Weimann’s research by discussing how criminal groups in Latin America have also been successful at utilizing new media resources. It is essential to note that the same general term “terrorists” cannot be applied to the criminals that currently operate in Latin America. Rather, […]

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Mexico approves tough restrictions on dominant telecom companies

m.appeal.democrat.com reported the lower house of Mexico’s Congress approved tough restrictions on dominant companies in the country’s telephone and television sectors early Wednesday after 20 hours of debate and discussion. The new rules must still be signed into law, but they have already forced the nation’s leading telephone carrier to offer to sell off part […]

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Colombia: Plan Vive Digital aimed to lower poverty levels

Latin America’s Silicon Valley: That would be Colombia OPINION PIECE By Luis Carlos Villegas But our use of technology to change the lives of millions of our citizens has the potential to transform the way the world thinks about lifting those in need out of poverty. While Colombia’s transformation has ushered in a new era […]

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Ecuador: two unamed individuals arrested for alleged cyber attacks

phys.org reported that President Correa had charged on March 27 that his Twitter account (@MashiRafael) had been hacked, blaming the attacks on “extreme right” opponents. The government last year also reported that Correa’s email had been hacked. Correa has said NSA documents leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden show that the United States […]

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Latin America to have 221.7 million social network users in 2014

latinpost.com reported…Social media users in Latin America are expected to grow by double-digit figures, and one social network might capitalize on the growth. According to eMarketer, Latin American will have 221.7 million social network users this year, which accounts for 36.7 percent of the population. Brazilian social media users are projected to represent 76.4 million […]

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Colombia: Authorities raid office allegedly used to illegally spy on rebel and govt communications

bbc.com reported Colombian authorities say they have raided an office that illegally spied on rebel and government communication to try to undermine peace talks. Colombia’s Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre said the office was run by a criminal organisation that had intercepted emails from a Farc rebel negotiator and the government. He said President Juan Manuel […]

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Ecuador: Twitter criticized for permitting censorship of images, references to Rafael Correa

Ecuadorian press freedom NGO Fundamedios sent a letter to Twitter criticizing the company for having complied to remove content depicting or referring to President Rafael Correa that the organization described as public information. Twitter removed the content from its service after receiving several complaints in the last few months from Spanish company Ares Rights, which […]

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Ecuador: Internet Access makes up 39% of customer complaints to telecom authority

telecompaper.com reported Ecuador’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Supertel) said through March 31, 2014, there have been 8,756 complaints, inquiries and suggestions from customers received. Total complaints are 4,015. The primary complaint to the superintendency concerned value-added services (internet access) which totaled 39 percent of the complaints. Fixed line complaints were 31.2 percent and mobile phone complaints […]

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Ecuador: Stricter controls over cell phone quality to be implemented June 14′

radiohuancavilca.com.ec reported…In order that citizens receive each day better cellular services and connectivity, the Minister of telecommunications and the information society, Mr. Jaime Guerrero Ruiz, reported that: “the new parameters of quality of the operators will begin to control since June. They begin to improve the quality or we will have to apply penalties”, he […]

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New Data Centers Being Constructed in Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador

telecompaper.com reported that the National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT) is constructing data centers in Quito and Guayaquil. To date 36 million dollars have been spent and the projects are to be completed in August and September. This project will improve and increase the infrastructure for customers. It will impact VAS, cloud computing, and IT services. Read […]

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iTunes Radio sporadically available in Ecuador

macnn.com reported that users in Ecuador have provided evidence that iTunes Radio is now sporadically available in the South American country, suggesting that Apple is testing the service in preparation for international rollouts there and elsewhere. The news comes on the heels of previous reports in both the UK and Canada that saw testing of […]

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Craigslist Post/Advertisement Warns of hate crimes against Expats in Ecuador

Follows is a Craiglist.org post or advertisement found in the Ecuador section of Craigslist under housing or real estate/ It was originally posted ——————————————————— CL >ecuador >all vivienda >piso vacaciones reply below x prohibido[?] Posted: 7 days ago ★★★★★★Warning…for those looking for afford 0BR apartment WARNING. ALL YOU EXPATS coming to Ecuador racking the rental […]

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Ecuador Mobile Cell Services Experienced Quality Related Problems in 2013 per report

bnamericas.com reported that mobile services in Ecuador experienced various quality-related problems during 2013, particularly in terms of coverage, telecoms superintendency Supertel said in a report. Leading operator Claro experienced coverage problems in four of the 186 zones in which it was measured, while Movistar experienced problems in nine of 187 zones. ————————————————————————————- SAFETY AND SECURITY […]

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Five countries in Latin America rank in top ten in the world with computer Malware infections

Pandasecurity.com reported that the Cloud Security Company has published the results of its 2013 Annual Report, compiled by PandaLabs. In 2013 alone, cyber-criminals created and distributed 20 percent of all malware that has ever existed. There were a total of 30 million new malicious strains in circulation which averages out to 82,000 attacks per day. […]

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Brazil: Online activists threaten to disrupt World Cup 2014

bbc.com reported that Brazilian online activists are threatening to disrupt the 2014 Fifa World Cup, it has been reported. A group that affiliated itself to the loose collective known as Anonymous said it would target official websites. There have been major protests in Brazil against what some have said is an overly extravagant outlay. Read […]

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Ecuador: Fine against Claro Telecom Suspended

au.news.yahoo.com reported that an Ecuador court on Tuesday suspended a $138.5 million fine levied against the Claro telecom firm owned by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, one of the world’s richest men. The fine had been issued by a regulatory authority in February which accused Claro, which operates under the name Conecel in Ecuador, of obstructing […]

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Ecuador: in 2013 government issued permit to 27 entities to provide internet services

telecompaper.com reported that 27 operators provided permits to offer internet services in Ecuador during 2013. These permits are in the following provinces: of Azuay, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Imbabura, Loja, Manabí, Pichincha, Sucumbíos and Zamora Chinchipe. Read Article

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Ecuador: New tax proposal on imports of music, video players, cell phones, computers, ect

Globalvoicesonline.org reported… UPDATE: Since the original publication of this article in Spanish, there have been no significant changes to the information reported, except that the list of products to be taxed by the Levy was publicized on Facebook [es] by the association Usuarios Digitales (Digital Users). A proposal put forward by the Ecuadorian Institute of […]

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Ecuador: Internet usage growing rapidly, 3.4 million users

rapidtvnews.com: Ecuador’s telecom situation has radically changed during the past few years, and the country is seeing an explosion of Internet access points and mobile lines. According to Supertel, Ecuador’s telecom authority, Internet users have grown 37% from last year. The March 2013 figures show 9.5 million users of broadband and fibre connections. Four years […]

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Ecuador fines division of America Movil for anti-competitive practices

Reuters reported that Ecuador’s markets watchdog said on Sunday it fined the local subsidiary of Latin America’s largest phone company, America Movil (AMXL.MX), $138.4 million for anti-competitive practices. The Superintendent of Market Control said the subsidiary, Claro, had “impeded” other local cellphone providers and that the fine represented “10 percent of all its business in […]

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Ecuador to become exporter of fibre optic cable, to have largest factory in L.A.

telecompaper.com reported that Ecuador’s Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society, Jaime Guerrero, has taken part in a ceremony to lay the first stone for a fibre optic cable factory for Latam Fiberhome, a joint venture by Teleconet and foreign strategic partner Fiberhome Telecommunication. The cable factory will be Latin America’s largest and will mean […]

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Ecuador and Mexico only countries in Latin America to have average internet connection speeds

bnamericas.com reported that Mexico and Ecuador are the only major countries in Latin America to have average internet connections speeds in line with or above the global average, according to the Q3 State of the Internet study released by internet content delivery network specialist Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM). In the third quarter of 2013, the global […]

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Ecuador: Telecom agency orders Movistar to cease service in five areas, poor quality

Telegeography.com reported that Ecuador’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Supertel) has ordered Telefonica subsidiary Movistar to cease marketing five localities as having 3G coverage, as the service quality in those areas failed to meet criteria as measured by the regulator, Telesemana reports. Movistar must remove the following areas from its list of 3G coverage zones: Ramon Campana […]

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Argentine government rules to use per-secon billing for wireless phone calls

telegeography.com reported that the Argentine government has instructed the country’s mobile operators to introduce per-second billing for wireless telephony calls, Planning Minister Julio De Vido and Communications Minister Norberto Berner have jointly announced. According to the statement, per-second billing will be applied after the first 30 seconds of a mobile phone call, with mobile operators […]

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Ecuador: Pay TV penetrates 21 percent of the market, Direct TV leader

rapidtvnews.com reported that the market is clearly dominated by DirecTV, which has 35% of the country’s pay-TV audience, followed by CNT-TV with 13%. Regional and local platforms share the rest of the cake, with cable companies being especially important in the capital district. Direct-to-home (DTH) platforms were behind the growth in Ecuador’s pay-TV during Q3, […]

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Chone Ecuador: Internet cafe assaulted third time in year, blocks from police station

According to eldiario.ec the owners and users of the Internet PC, located in Pichincha and seven in August, streets in Chone, took a big scare when armed men entered the premises and stripped them of their belongings of value. The fact was recorded around 17 h 00 on Wednesday, as a witness was. The user […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Movistar phone service 7.3 percent dropped cell calls

telecompaper.com reported that Ecuador authorities have ordered Movistar, a cellular phone service in Ecuador to devise a method to improve their phone service in Cuenca Ecuador. Currently the government allows only a limit of 2 percent in dropped phone calls. However, in October of 2013, the drop call rate was 7.36 percent. Read Article This […]

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Colombia tech company gears up to make taking taxi safer

colombiareports.co reported that a Colombian tech company is making it easier and safer to catch a taxi in Colombia, which could help combat the country’s notorious “millionaire rides.” Every day in Colombia, there are 1.3 million taxi journeys taken in about 200,000 taxis, but catching a taxi off the street can be difficult or even […]

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Ecuador: Pay TV has 78 percent market penetration

The average price of a basic pay-TV package in Ecuador costs EUR 20 per month, according to a market analysis by Ecuador’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Supertel). The survey showed that pay-TV has a 78 percent market penetration, led by DirecTV with 304,686 subscribers or 36 percent of the total. TV Cable Group was second with […]

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Ecuador: Key Developments Internet and Communications Law: May 2012 – April 2013

Ecuador Key Developments in Communicatons Law (Internet): May 2012 – April 2013 Freedomhouse.org ranks Ecuador Internet Freedom as partly partly free Freedomhouse.org reported the Organic Law on Communications—proposed during the coverage period and later approved—tasks website owners with “ultimate responsibility” for all content. This law, combined with government pressure, resulted in the removal of the […]

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South America: Unasur makes plan to set up internet network to thwart U.S. spying threats

South American countries are making plans to set up an exclusive internet network in face of increasing threats from the US spying agencies, officials said. The 12-member Union of South American Nations (Unasur) are taking steps to build a digital communications platform which is designed, administered and used only by Unasur nations, Xinhua quoted Manuel […]

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Digital marketers need to pay attention to Latin America

With the fastest growing Internet population in the world, everyone has their eyes on Latin America. As successful businesses look to expand, the rise of the Latin American digital consumer deserves strong consideration — Twitter, Netflix and Waze are examples of businesses that have scaled in Latin America. And with the 2014 World Cup and […]

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Facebook helps families connect who have been missing since civil strife

Guatemalan siblings who lost contact during the country’s turbulent 1960-1996 civil strife have been reunited 31 years later, with some help from Facebook. Ofelia, Avilio and Elsira Funez Velasquez had their tearful reunion at the headquarters of the Mutual Support Group, an activist with the social group, Enrique Barrera, said. Sister and brother Ofelia and […]

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Venezuela: President calls for liberation of Twitter in Latin America

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for the liberation of Latin America from Twitter, arguing that the American company attacked 6,600 accounts, including his own. “We must achieve independence, and we have to think about deep and radical ways we can free ourselves from these multinational corporations that have monopolized social networks,” Maduro told ministers […]

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Ecuador reports over 17 million mobile phone lines

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING ECUADOR TO LIVE IN, THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOUR RESEARCH Mobile phone companies operating on the Ecuadorian market reached 17.38 million active lines at end-September, according to data by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Supertel). Of these, around 80.69 percent or over 14 million are prepay lines. Movistar had over 5 million […]

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Brazil plans secure email service in wake of cyber spying

Brazil has confirmed plans to create a secure email service, following revelations of cyber-surveillance techniques used by the US and UK. President Dilma Rousseff posted a series of tweets over the weekend, saying the move was required to “prevent possible espionage”. Read Article

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Virus detected for Facebook accounts in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia

LAHORA.COM.EC REPORTED….One company has found a virus that is affecting Facebook users Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. The company Eset, focusing on software and information security, Win32/Napolar detected, which is a new type botnet malware designed to perform denial of service attacks (DoS) attacks and steal information from infected systems. Read Article An Indispensable Guide to […]

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Mercosur launches files on Internet of “Operation Condor”

pravda.ru reported that Mercosur has launched the first files on Operation Condor, “the Repressive Coordination of the Southern Cone” of the American continent, on the Internet. The public can now access this sinister Fascist plan to hold down the peoples of Latin America. Conducted by the Institute for Mercosur Human Rights Public Policy (Ippdh), based […]

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Ecuador: Prosecution for libel, slander on social networks may become reality

A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE MOVING TO OR LIVING IN ECUADOR advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org reported that Social network users in Ecuador could risk prosecution for crimes of libel and slander under criminal law reforms that will be brought before to the National Assembly in the coming days. Authored by Alexis Mera, the legal presidential […]

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Ecuador: Hackers deface official website of Azuay over deaths of Condors

softpedia.com rpoerted that Hackers from Ecuador have breached and defaced the official website of the government of the province of Azuay (azuay.gob.ec). The hacktivists are protesting against the killing of Andean condors, a protected species in Ecuador. On the defaced page, the hackers have published a picture of a man holding a dead condor, along […]

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