Since, the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday last week, the Ecuadorian government claims that the country’s IT infrastructure has been hit by more than 40 million cyber attacks. This includes DDOS attack on the WebPages of South American country’s public institution, internal revenue service, universities and the website run by the office of President Lenin Moreno.
An official statement released by the government of Ecuador on Monday suggests that attacks were being launched in retaliation to the move of stripping the political asylum status of Julian Assange which could deteriorate even further. Furthermore, the statement says that a whopping 40 million attacks were taking place on Ecuador’s IT assets principally from United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria, and the United Kingdom.
“In general, over 20 million cyber attacks used to hit the country before the arrest. But now, the number has doubled than normal”, said Patricio Real, the deputy of Information and Communication Technologies Minister of Ecuador.
Coming to the arrest of Julian Assange, the UK government is in a thought to extradite the Wikileaks founder to Sweden as he is facing two accounts of criminal charges- a s^#ual assault and R#pe case. Although Sweden has dropped the two cases, the government of the UK is still intending to seek arrest of Assange for skipping a bail term.
There is another theory which is doing the rounds on this issue where the founder of the non-profit organization is alleged to dramatically portray Sweden’s theory in order to skip his extradition to the US, where he is about to face serious allegations of leaking the country’s military secrets.