Cybersecurity Expert Javier Smaldone was arrested on October 11th for reporting on the leaks of federal police data.
“The Federal Police raided and stopped me for reporting. I am not a journalist but I have published dozens of notes and I have participated in research on electronic voting and now you can see what I have in my files,” Smaldone said.
In a radio interview, the security expert told journalist Reinaldo Sietecase that after raiding his house he was “handcuffed” to court and had been delayed for six hours, and said that the case states that ‘he is very active in social networks by electronic voting and one of the first to publish about the leaks under investigation’. That is the reason why they raided me and arrested me, “he added.
Smaldone was arrested last Tuesday by Federal Police personnel after a series of raids in the cities of Córdoba, Santa Fe, La Plata, and the Federal Capital, in which two other people were also arrested, also linked to the investigation he has under his charge the federal judge Luis Rodríguez.
“Of the six hours that raided me and the six hours I spent deprived of my freedom, nobody knew how to tell me why. This is clearly part of political persecution,” he insisted.
Among the clues that the investigators would have followed would be a chat from the Telegram messaging service that could be recovered from the server from which the computer attacks were launched. In these dialogues, the sources of the case explained, the now detained would appear, coordinating the hacking.
According to investigators, Smaldone is one of the suspects of having hacked the Federal Police database on August 12 and filtering the information through social networks with the fictitious name of LaGorraLeaks2.0.
He is also credited with hacking the official account of the social network Twitter of the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA) and informed about a false British attack on Argentine ships.