Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cuba Facilitates Cyber-Attacks in Latin America

Cuba Facilitates Cyber-Attacks in Latin America
at 11:16 AM Tuesday, December 22, 2015

According to an extensive report by Citizen Lab, over the last seven
years, state-sponsored cyber-attacks have targeted members of the
political opposition and independent media in various ALBA countries,
namely Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil.

According to the summary:

"The report describes an extensive malware, phishing, and disinformation
campaign active in several Latin American countries, including Ecuador,
Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil. The nature and geographic spread of
the targets seems to point to a sponsor, or sponsors, with regional,
political interests. The attackers, whom we have named Packrat, have
shown a keen and systematic interest in the political opposition and the
independent press in so-called ALBA countries (Bolivarian Alternative
for the Americas), and their recently allied regimes."

The tie that binds this all together is the software and monitoring
technology sold to these ALBA nations through Cuba's state-entities,
Albet, Xetid and Datys.

Albet, Xetid and Datys are software companies owned and operated by
Cuba's military and intelligence services. They are linked to the
University of Information Sciences (known as "UCI"), an entity created
by Castro in 2002 to form the regime's "cyber-warriors." The UCI is
located at a "former" Soviet espionage and communications interception base.

In November 2014, we posted segments from a story in El Nuevo Herald,
entitled "Oppression S.A., the new model of espionage and repression
exported by Cuba."

It describes how Cuba's regime is providing services to its regional
allies, in order to spy, control and repress its citizens.

This has become a multi-billion dollar business for Castro's regime,
which has provided espionage, security and training services to its
allies throughout the region -- but also monitoring technologies through
state-entities, Albet, Xetid and Datys.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration -- and Castro's D.C. lobbyists --
absurdly argue that allowing U.S. companies to do business with these
spy entities will "empower" the Cuban people.

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