On the afternoon of December 3, Paúl Moreno, the Ecuadorian blogger who had been arrested on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems and databases, was released. Moreno had demonstrated that the government website datoseguro.gov.ec [es] lacks adequate security mechanisms for obtaining data on its citizens.
Moreno said on his blog [es] that the he found the flaw in the system by using easily accessible information on Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Moreover, a post on hackeruna [es] indicates that on March 7 (the date on which datoseguro.gob.ec was officially launched) vulnerabilities in the platform had already been detected.
On November 30, the National Bureau of Public Records (DINARDAP [es]) sent out a press release [es] stating their reasons for filing a suit against Moreno, in accordance with the law, with the district attorney's office.
Several media outlets, like Diario Hoy [es], Expreso [es] and El Universo [es] published news of the arrest. Rafael Méndez Meneses (@kevinhurlt) [es] explained the media's attitude toward the blogger's arrest on his blog [es].
On December 1, Paúl Moreno sent a letter [es] asking forgiveness “for any misunderstanding that may have been caused by the misuse of Mr. Rafael Correa's name.” On his end, President Correa said that he has nothing to hide, and called for the blogger's release on his Saturday broadcast:
After his release, Paúl Moreno (@paulcoyote) [es] announced to his Twitter followers:
Moreno's son, Pulpo Potter (@pulpineitor) [es], also thanked his Twitter followers for supporting his father: