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Hacker Andrés Fernando Sepúlveda arrested

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Sepulveda was charged on 7 May on charges of espionage, abusive access to computer systems, use of malicious software, violation of personal data and alleged "sabotage" the government's peace process with the FARC. Hacker is related to the campaign of presidential candidate Democratic Movement Center, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga,
Fiscalía denuncia seguimientos a investigador de hacker Andrés Sepúlveda | 20140510

Sepulveda allegedly went entered into the house of an investigator and went through his belongings.

He reported that one of the prosecutors in the case "was a victim of possible sabotage to email" and "important witnesses listed in the referral process have been followed day and night. "

Given these allegations, prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre ordered an immediate investigation, "for which he highlighted a Prosecutor and a panel of judicial police to be devoted exclusively to investigate these serious events."

The candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga revealed Saturday that had gone to the office of the alleged hacker before his capture, because from there services were provided to the campaign.

On Tuesday, the prosecution came to this place as allegedly illegal wiretapping of emails were made for "sabotaging" the peace process is carried out in Cuba and may have also spied President Juan Manuel Santos himself.

Sepulveda was arrested hours after the operation and the Democratic Center, whose leader is former President Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), a harsh critic of the peace process, publicly acknowledged that the registered office had provided services to you advertising campaign Zuluaga .

The case led to the resignation of Luis Alfonso Hoyos, one of the advisers to the campaign Zuluaga, after it was revealed last visited April 8 TV channel RCN in Sepulveda company.

The purpose of the visit was to give the station director Rodrigo Pardo, information about alleged pressure from the FARC to vote for President Juan Manuel Santos, who aspires to reelection.
Ingresan a casa de uno de los investigadores de caso Sepúlveda: Fiscalía | Noticias | colombiadecide2014 | Nación | Noticiascaracol.com |

Several fields of research handles the Attorney General in the case of Andrés Sepúlveda Ardila , systems engineer appointed by the authorities of illegally intercepting emails from members of the FARC and national government officials related to the peace process that is underway in Havana, Cuba.
Researchers analyzed several official documents from the National Police that were seized in advanced operating in his office and apartment systems engineer aged 39. Also seeks to determine the veracity of said Sepulveda who has assured authorities he would have been one of the creators of the quadrant plan in 2011.
Next week will hold a series of interviews with friends and relatives Sepulveda, who have said repeatedly that they had contracts for systems and technology cooperation with the Armed Forces. well as that collected various data on unemployment agriculture in August last year, which had infiltrated, and other organizations.
At this point it is necessary to clarify whether the processing now infiltrated database of the institution or had a contract with the police. director of the National Police, General Rodolfo Palomino said that at no time Sepúlveda Ardila had a contractual relationship so already announced an internal investigation to establish how how this person accessed and managed to get so many confidential documents.
"How and why circumstances came to power this particular? There they have a leak or perhaps well earned illegally or were delivered. In that case all these documents held by an individual are in the wrong place, "said the official who expects soon these questions are resolved.
For his part, director Dijin General Jorge Rodriguez said that during his time in the organization has not met or had any contact with the engineer. "Remembers never signed a contract with that person linked to this scandal " . On Thursday, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon denied that Sepulveda had worked with the Armed Forces.
As has been established, the defendant was related to military operations, movements and displacements in uniform, a database with information reserved for military (mainly in charge of intelligence operations) documents. Before this the Prosecution seeks to establish whether he had infiltrated the armed forces or obtain this information using its extensive knowledge of information technology.
Currently, Sepulveda is deprived of liberty in the bunker of the Attorney General. was not excluded that in the days to sign a preliminary agreement or principle of opportunity with the investigating agency in which they undertake to provide information to clarify the facts.
Authorities are on the trail of four people who have infiltrated emails and have sold classified information to a group of people. This is another of the key points of this complex investigation.

Investigan obtención de documentos de la Policía por parte de Andrés Sepúlveda | ELESPECTADOR.COM

Andres Sepulveda Fernando Ardila shown somewhat puzzled to hear the charges read to fiscal 56 delegate to CTI. "I do not understand," says the 31-year Bogota. "I was helping to save the country, I'm a hero, I'm a hero," he repeats softly.


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Zuluaga and Uribe under fire after admitting wiretap suspect worked for campaign
Colombian presidential candidate candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga and his political ally, former President Alvaro Uribe, were hit by a wave of criticism Tuesday after admitting to having hired a computer engineer who was arrested for spying on ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC and possibly President Juan Manuel Santos.

The clandestine Bogota wiretapping facility — the second one seized in the past six month — was raided by prosecution officials earlier in the day, after which an arrested suspect was announced who was soon ties to Zuluaga and the political leader of his Democratic Center party.

The news caused a political tsunami after the prosecutor general confirmed that the room was used to surveil officials involved in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and rebel group FARC, and said the communications of President Juan Manuel Santos were “probably” intercepted too.

Only months before, the Prosecutor General’s Office had begun investigating the wiretapping of the president after discovering another clandestine wiretapping facility accused of wiretapping the peace talks negotiators. Santos loyalists say Uribe attempts to sabotage peace process

“I am terrified by Zuluaga’s acting as his desire to retake power, with predetermination and brute force, is seeks to end the peace process” said Senator Armando Benedetti (U Party), a supporter of the president’s attempts to negotiate peace with the country’s oldest and largest rebel group and get reelected to Colombia’s highest office.

Senator Juan Manuel Galan, whose Liberal Party also supports Santos, said the apparent links between the illegal wiretapping operations and the Zuluaga campaign were “extremely serious.”

“They have always sought to sabotage the peace process,” said Galan, adding that “if Zuluaga had service contracts with this ‘hacker’ it means this man was in the campaign of the Uribista campaign and the natural consumer of this illegally obtained information would be Zuluaga himself and ex-President Uribe.”

Sepulveda was allegedly in possession of classified military intelligence including information about the government’s ongoing peace negotiations in Havana, and lists of demobilized guerrilla combatants.
Links between Zuluaga and wiretap campaign

In an online profile, Sepulveda said to have worked for the U Party, Santos’ own party, in 2005 when the U Party was campaigning for the reelection of Uribe who was president at the time.

Following a flow of revelations in media over ties between the arrested spy and the Zuluaga campaign, the presidential candidate was forced to send out a press release in which it confirmed that Sepulveda and his wife, actress Lina Luna, had recently been working for the campaign.

The presidential candidate said that in February, Luna, “offered to put together a team which would support the campaign’s social network and information security, led by her husband Andres Sepulveda, and his brother Louis Carlos Sepulveda, with support from Jorge Ardila, her husband’s uncle.”

Sepulveda was arrested on Tuesday morning after agents with the Prosecutor General’s technical investigation team (CTI) raided the apartment in northern Bogota where surveillance equipment used to intercept electronic communications was discovered.
A history of spying

The latest wiretapping scandal is the second this year and the third in the past six years.

In February, the Colombian military command was purged after an intelligence unit found itself accused of illegally wiretapping the peace talks and the president ordered the investigation of the alleged hacking of his own computer.

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That scandal brought back memories of the DAS wiretapping scandal that unfolded how the now-defunct intelligence agency DAS wiretapped opposition politician, supreme court magistrates, journalists and human rights organizations.

The investigation that followed led to the arrest of Uribe’s former chief of staff, Bernardo Moreno, and spurred former DAS director Maria del Pilar Hurtado to flee the country.
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Top cyber hacker for Islamic State killed in drone strike
August 28, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Pentagon confirmed Friday that a key cyber operative for the Islamic State who was responsible for releasing the identities of about 1,300 U.S. military and government employees was killed in a drone strike this week.
Junaid Hussain was killed Aug. 24 during a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria. Hussain, identified by the BBC as a 21-year-old British citizen, was “involved in actively recruiting ISIL sympathizers in the West to carry out lone wolf style attacks,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Col. Pat Ryder said Friday, using an acronym for the extremist group.

News outlets, citing British and U.S. officials, had confirmed Hussain’s death but Friday was the first time the Pentagon had officially acknowledged the successful strike. Ryder said that Hussain was the only person killed. “This individual was very dangerous, he had significant technical skills and he’d expressed a strong desire to kill Americans and recruit others to kill Americans,” he said.

CENTCOM would not provide details on Hussain’s hacking of U.S. servicemembers’ information, other than to say it had affected about 1,300 personnel. “He was responsible for releasing personally identifying information on approximately 1,300 U.S. military and government employees and specifically sought to direct violence against U.S. servicemembers and government employees,” Ryder said.

The strike was conducted after coordination with U.S. government agencies and approved by CENTCOM commander Gen. Lloyd Austin, Ryder said. The Wall Street Journal said Hussain grew up in the British city of Birmingham and fled to Syria while awaiting trial for involvement in a July 2013 fistfight. By January 2014, he was communicating online with other British Muslims about how to join the Islamic State, the newspaper said.

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