IT firm manager arrested in massive Ecuador data breach case affecting 20M people

IT firm manager arrested in massive Ecuador data breach case affecting 20M people
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Ecuador offiicals have arrested the general manager of IT consulting firm Novaestrat after a massive data breach exposed the personal information of more than 20 million individuals, including 6.7 million children.

The 18GB cache of data was attributed to a leaky Elasticsearch server, but it has since been plugged. In response, local law enforcement authorities raided Novaestrat’s office, which also served as the home of Novaestrat general manager William Roberto G, according to ZDNet.

It is suspected that Novaestrat possibly gained accessed to the sensitive information during the rule of the former political regime, when it was granted multiple government contracts.

Given the privacy concerns associated with the breach, Ecuador‘s Ministry of Telecommunications is planning to expedite the process of passing a new data privacy law in the country.

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