Article d'opinió Washington Post: The great Catalonian cyberwar of 2017

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Jeremy Malcolm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that monitors freedom of expression online, was surprised at the aggressiveness of the Spanish government’s online measures to suppress the vote: “It’s really quite unusual to see this kind of crackdown on political speech and democratic representation in a country that purports to uphold rights like Spain does.” Especially remarkable, he says, was the broad nature of the central government’s online offensive, which entailed shutting off entire swaths of the Internet. He says that Madrid’s cyber-campaign reminds him less of a liberal democracy than countries “that are under military rule or have an autocratic government.”


On the day of the referendum, the Catalonian government launched a system designed to help voters find alternate polling stations in case their own were closed by the police. They set up a robust system of backup servers, activating a new one every hour. Their paranoia was justified: As soon as polling began, hackers launched a series of ferocious attacks to bring the system down. The Spanish police also tried shutting down the wireless Internet access of polling stations, prompting crowds in the streets to start up one of the oddest political chants in recent memory: “Airplane mode!” (They were calling on cellphone users to free up extra bandwidth for polling officials).


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