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

Posted on July 14, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Intelligence, Internet, Police/Military Activity, Politics 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 the leaked records, the National Intelligence Secretariat of Ecuador (SENAIN) has been on Hacking Team’s client list since 2013. The documents show President Rafael Correa’s government paid more than half a million dollars for the company’s Remote Control System surveillance software, which cost another US$75,000 annually for maintenance.

According to their report, leaked email messages demonstrate Hacking Team entrusted employees Alex Velasco and Eduardo Pardo with overseeing negotiations with the Ecuadorian government for a new surveillance project called “Galileo.” Their middleman was Karel Coors, honorary Dutch consul in Quito. Read Article


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