On Tuesday night, Hispanic Anonymous published date and time (August 10th, 10H00) of the execution of Operación Cóndor Libre, which threatens Ecuadorian Government, on its website. On Wednesday morning at 10:00, like the hacker organization warned, Ecuador’s Presidency website (www.presidencia.gob.ec) was blocked, however, the website started functioning again within a few minutes. Twitter became the main interaction channel, tens of people sent several tweets per minute using the hashtag #opcondorlibre. Anonymous created an application in a webpage for Ecuadorians to vote for what web pages to attack. IESS and Vicepresidence websites were among the most voted.
Spokesmen for the Presidency said that the official webpage was not “hacked”, but it was out of service because it was under maintenance. Jefferson Capelo, Metropolitan director of Information, said the CNT, by order of the Federal Ministry of Telecommunications, “ran the security patches throughout your infrastructure hosting (web hosting).” Capelo clarified that the City has their sites on the National Telecommunication Corporation (CNT) hosting. “The municipality does not have direct exposure to Internet servers. We have not suffered any attack.”
Luis Solis, a systems engineer and computer security specialist, said that official websites that were disabled yesterday may have been victims of a technique known as Dos (Denial of Service), which intends to deny access to services and resources an organization for an indefinite period of time.These attacks are targeted at servers of a particular organization that can not be used or consulted.
“Many of the websites of both commercial and public sector and government in Ecuador were simply developed without security in mind,” said computer security specialist Dmitry Bestuzhev.