Ecuador’s Election Agency Says Cyberattacks Caused Voting Issues

Ecuador’s national election on Sunday was marred by difficulties voting online for citizens living abroad — incidents the country’s election agency attributed to cyberattacks originating from seven different countries.

On the day of the polls, absentee voters flooded social media to express their frustration at not being able to cast votes through an online system created by the government. About 120,000 Ecuadoreans living outside the country were registered to vote in the elections, and many of them were unable to access the voting system before polls closed.

In a press conference on Sunday, Diana Atamaint, president of the National Electoral Council, blamed issues with telematic voting on cyberattacks, although she didn’t elaborate on their nature.

“We inform the Ecuadorian people that according to preliminary reports, the telematic voting platform suffered cyber attacks that affected the fluidity of accessing the vote,” she said. “We also clarify and emphasize that the cast votes have not been violated.” She went on to say the attacks “were identified as coming from seven countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and China.”

As of Monday afternoon, with 80% of votes counted, left-wing candidate Luisa Gonzalez was ahead but will face the second-place challenger, Daniel Noboa, in a runoff in October.

Presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated during a campaign event in Quito earlier this month, raising alarms about the state of democracy in the country. Voting appears to have gone smoothly at the local level, but problems with the overseas voting system aroused anger and suspicion among the diaspora.

In one video posted to social media, a demonstration of Ecuadoreans in Madrid denounced their inability to cast votes.

At BLAKFX we can stop any sabotage that would normally be described as a data breach. From eliminating ransomware demands, defeating phishing attacks, securing communications, election day hacking…you name it and if data is involved then BLAKFX will secure it. The Helix22 data security SDK is so unbeatable we can even prevent against insider attacks.

The basic voting platform would have the votes being digitally signed and stored in secure blockchains. No cheating or election interference will be possible.

An more immediate concern is the possibility that rogue election workers, including those sympathetic to lies about the 2020 presidential election, might use their access to election equipment and the knowledge gained through the breaches to launch an attack from within. That could be intended to gain an advantage for their desired candidate or party, or to introduce system problems that would sow further distrust in the election results.

In some of the suspected security breaches, authorities are investigating whether local officials provided unauthorized access to people who copied software and hard drive data, and in several cases shared it publicly. This would not be possible with Helix22.

Illegal transmission is impossible utilizing the Helix22 SDK as data cannot be exfiltrated from our genius and patented multi-layered device-to-device encryption. Further, Helix22 protects against unauthorized copying, forwarding, downloading for all data at rest, in use or in transmission.

What we at BLAKFX understand better than anyone else is the new era of data security is one that requires new solutions. The era of perimeter defenses is over as it is proving impossible to keep hackers from breaching the perimeter and accessing data. E2E encryption based on old models of RSA cryptography will be obsolete when quantum computing becomes mainstream.

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Helix22 delivers perfect security assurance due to our genius engineering team that has invented a new model for data security that required an innovative look at the problem. The approach we took was to protect the data itself. Almost all other data security products try to build a perimeter or being fanatic on user credentials. However, once the product is breached or a password is stolen, even if it is 2FA or encrypted, your firms data is in the clear.

You see, the Helix22 cryptography is embedded with the data itself through our inventive and patented process of DNA BindingTM. Therefore, even if credentials are stolen the data cannot be exfiltrated. This means that all data is 100% protected regardless of the type of attack.

Another substantial advantage of Helix22, is that it protects all data whether at rest, in use or in transit. All communication apps for example, only encrypt data while in transit. Therefore, that encryption become useless for internal IT security or Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning experimentation. All data generated during these massive computing exercises is equally protected in real time. Plus, the latency period for the Helix22 is exponentially less than any other security product, so it actually contributes to faster processing times.

In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your private communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique user-to-user encryption (U2U) world, there is no opportunity ever for any data leak.

The Helix22 data security SDK accomplishes the following:

      • Protects all your firms data at rest, in use and in transit
      • Renders ransomware threats obsolete
      • Eliminates human error
      • Eliminates all malicious or interior attacks
      • Verifies original content i.e. minimizes the threat of impersonation attacks and deep fakes
      • Reduces latency and optimizes 5G networks
      • Installs with 5 lines of code
      • Runs on any platform, network, device and in any programming language
      • Provides perfect future/forward secrecy
      • Delivers “zero-knowledge” encryption
      • Compatible with all cloud, 3rd party and vendor services
      • Enables Internet of Things data security by providing protection at the Edge and has ultra low latency
      • Ensures privacy and security for blockchain and all cryptocurrency transactions
      • Is quantum ready – so there’s no need to upgrade when the time comes
      • Requires no employee training
      • Exceeds all gov’t and banking security standards
      • Meets all international compliance regulations

D2D encryption

We can make these claims as the tech engineers at BLAKFX invented and patented a genuine device2device (D2D) encryption. We manage data security transmission through the truly brilliant and also patented universal Helix22 key service. The Helix22 encryption originates on your network or device, not just when the app is opened. This means, that when data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all it needs to do is issue another key. Signal and Telegram cannot claim this level of security. This key will then only work with the intended device, which generates a matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique device-to-device encryption (D2D) world, there is no opportunity at all for any data leak.

This same protocol just described, can be the same with all your 3rd party vendors and suppliers. It does not matter in the least what platform they are running or what device they are using or even the type of data, it is all 100% protected. We do however, strongly advise that all firms involved be utilizing Helix22 due to the nature of the data content. Helix22 can ensure that whatever data they are generating is protected as well.

Let’s take it a step further. Even if your organization were a victim of an internal attack or a victim of malicious open source downloads, there is no reason for concern. Any data that has been forwarded, downloaded, copied or saved cannot be exfiltrated. Period.  We have the technology industries foremost data packets which are protected with multi-layered, military grade encryption algorithms that have already proven the ability to withstand penetration testing from MI5 and quantum computing attacks.

One final practical genius of DNA BindingTM is in that it is immediately compatible with whichever system or software you are utilizing. Therefore, any organization can forward information to another and then discuss it and there is immediate privacy.

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Our founders, Robert Statica PhD and Kara Coppa, also founded Wickr, which is used by the US military and has never been hacked since its inception in 2012. The Helix22 data security SDK is several generations enhanced since then. Dr. Statica also delivered the encryption for the world’s most secure phone, Katim.


Founder – Robert Statica PhD            Founder – Kara Coppa                                 



Co-Founders of Wickr                    KatimTM Ultra Secure Smartphone


Finally, the Helix22 encryption is quantum computing ready so no need to redo all your data security methodologies in a couple of years when everything else becomes obsolete.

We like to refer to Helix22 as “22nd Century Data Security.”

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