Argentinian Security Researcher arrested after Tweeting about Government Hack


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Argentinian Security Researcher arrested after Tweeting about Government Hack (Oct 15, 2019)

The security researcher Javier Smaldone has recently been detained by Argentinian police with his home being raided on suspicion of breaching government systems and the leaking government data. On release, Javier published court documents regarding his arrest on Twitter which stated that the authorities believe Javier had been part of a government attack,only because of tweet that he had posted regarding the attack. Javier a known cyber activist in Argentina,describes the situation as political persecution and believes that his arrest and the raid on his home is the government acting out in revenge for Javier’s criticisms of the Argentinian government and its practices.

Recommendation: The exposure of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of Argentine Federal Police Officers which caused this witch hunt requires affected individuals and people taking note of this article to take precautionary measures to protect their identity and their finances. Users that believe they have been impacted by this data breach should monitor their credit cards and bank accounts for unusual activity, and, in addition, freeze their credit reports. Identity theft services can assist in preventing illicit purchases, or applying for financial services from taking place by actors using stolen data. Users that believe they have been impacted by this data breach should monitor their credit cards and bank accounts for unusual activity, and, in addition, freeze their credit reports.

Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) associated with this story can be viewed by ThreatStream users here to identify potential malicious activity.