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Cuenca expat and cybersecurity expert debunks the government’s hacking explanation

Vadim Avdeev, a former Russian military and civilian cybersecurity expert, says that Ecuador’s government was warned of inadequate data security measures long before last week’s hack that exposed the personal information of almost 20 million residents.

Vadim Avdeev in his Cuenca office. (El Mercurio)

He also says the government’s claim that former employees of the Rafael Correa government are to blame for the breach is bogus.

“I have told national and local governments since I moved in Ecuador in 2017 that their level of cyber security was very poor,” says Cuenca expat Avdeev. “I have even advised people around President [Lenin] Moreno of the extreme risk but they only seem interested in responding after there’s a problem. The blame for the recent leak rests entirely with the current government.”

Avdeev, who is a consultant for local companies and government agencies, adds that poor cyber security is also a problem for most private companies, including banks, as well as public companies such as utilities.

Although the government has arrested the manager of Novaestrat, the firm that managed the 18 gigabytes of leaked data, Avdeev says that the problem is “systemic” and needs to be addressed from top to bottom in both the public and private sectors.”

“The country ranks near the bottom worldwide in cybersecurity and without a serious commitment from the government the leaks will continue,” Avdeev says.

12 thoughts on “Cuenca expat and cybersecurity expert debunks the government’s hacking explanation

  1. The banks here did this, on orders from U.S, and European central banks. This will make it easier to seize your accounts when the banks fail, which is not far away.
    Become your own central banker: get gold, silver, farmland, and lead. Keep your eyes on local banks. 7% interest rates can turn into zero overnight.

    1. Hiram, yes, folks should acquire a bit of gold and silver. However, the first sentence of your post is ridiculous and makes you look foolish. Prove it.

        1. Giving the benefit of doubt, that all of this is true–so what? If these assertions were proven to me and you said the earth was flat, I would not believe your statement.

          Asserting as “proof” unverified evidence of intelligence and education as proving an unrelated statement rather seems the action of someone neither highly intelligent (180?) or well educated (PhD?).

        2. With all that high powered intelligence & education, you choose Ecuador’s outback. Interesting. Why the need to toot your own horn?

        3. Then, you certainly know the value of credible sources.
          I doubt your I’m really interested in your source. Did your doctoral advisor allow you to recite a conclusion without any sources?

      1. Your comment does not have a leg, or knee, to stand on. Come to Las Caudras, and I can prove it on the 7th floor.

    2. Interesting. I did not know that the US and European central banks were behind it. Can you post your source? I would like to know more.

    3. Oh, John, your “inside” information is always so amusing. I’m sure you have it on good authority that “the banks here did this…”

    4. Hiram. You don’t get out enough..time to give that far-superior-than-Einstein’s-IQ an exposure to the real world.

      No wonder you are paranoid about banking. You come from a culture that spawns the most toxic bankers in modern history. Were you aware that in that last few hundred years the overwhelming percentage of the most damaging financial or banking disasters have been caused by the US..assisted by the UK? Makes no sense considering how tiny a part of the world they both encompass.

      The least regulated major bankers come from these two countries. Doesn’t matter who is in power. EVERY US/UK government does the bidding of their bankers, be it Obama or Trump. Not their fault as that is the rules of the game YOU have given these people. Few politicians dares to spurn the unlimited campaign funds from that source or risks fighting against them. It is the foundation of the American tragedy. But to you it is accepted as a universal norm.

      In other countries, banking is a staid and boring profession. The primary duty, which they perform well, is to safeguard the deposits of their customers. Canada has never had a bank failing in its history. The US had 9000 during the 1930s alone. No wonder you demonize bankers! Your big brain is culturally trained.

      US/UK offshore banking demonization was the easiest way to convince depositors to take money from the offshore banks where it was safe, and send it back to the US onshore banks (WHO HAD LOST THE MONEY THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN IN 2008). To do so, tax-cheaters were treated to super-low settlements. US bankers who fraudulently lost the money and pushed the western world to the brink, now have civic awards and cabinet posts.

      That doesn’t happen in other countries.

  2. Boy, I hope this breach doesn’t reflect poorly on our “world class” status right before the coming out of tranvia.

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