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Minister of Tourism Thinks His Blackberry Might Have Been Hacked

Internet & Technology Panama's Tourism Minister Solomon Shamah said this morning on the channel 2 news broadcast his Blackberry is vulnerable and he does not know if he might have fallen victim to hackers, as did other ministers. Shamah considered it as extremely serious that the email account of the Minister of the Presidency Demetrio Papadimitriu had been violated, and he would support a bill to increase penalties for these kinds of crimes. On the other hand, when asked about his possible dismissal and that he would be replaced by a woman, he said it was because there was much pressure from the media and the president rightly believed it could affect his administration, but he was never accused of anything. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: In this interview Shamah said the "hackers" had access to Papadimitriu's email account "for months" - and they were able to read every message passing through the account.

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Damage To Fiber Optic Link Knocks Out C&W Services to Pacific Beach Areas

Internet & TechnologyCable & Wireless Panama reported that due to a cut in the fiber link between La Chorrera and Capira, districts in the province of Panama, the fixed network which provides service of digital television, Internet, as well as fixed and mobile telephone services was affected on Thursday July 28. The disruption extends the 4.7 kilometers from the village of El Coco in La Chorrera towards Capira, affecting the fixed and mobile communications in Coronado, Capira, Chame, Sajalices, Ldice, Campana, Cermeo, Bejuco, Sor, and Ro Mar. Ernesto Lopez, a coordinator for Cable & Wireless Communications, told TVN the damage occurred at 6:00 am and it had still not been repaired by 12:00 noon on 28 July. He said the company has sent staff to the site, an overgrown lot where the accident occurred, to restore services. Lopez said they have not yet determined the cause of the accident, so they will investigate to find out what happened. He said they expect telecommunications services will gradually be restored in the next 4 to 6 hours. (TVN)
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Follow Panama-Guide.com Updates In Real Time on Twitter

Internet & Technology By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Did you know every article posted to this website is instantly broadcast as a "tweet" on Twitter? You can use Twitter to monitor the news throughout the day as updates are posted by following us at http://twitter.com/#!/Panama_Guide. Please make sure to click on "follow" to have the updates delivered to your device in real time. That way if there's something going on, breaking news, road closures, protests or what have you, the information you need will be delivered quickly. You can just scan the headlines and click on any link to open the full article if you want the details.

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Attorney General Interrogates Another Suspect in "Hacking" Case

Internet & TechnologyRogelio Fraitz, the Secretary of the Authority for Consumer Protection and Competition (ACODECO), was taken Wednesday to the office of Panama's Attorney General Jose Ay Prado. Fraitz is another person suspected of having hacked the email account of the Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu. Apparently, the current secretary of ACODECO had ties to Demetrio Clua, another suspect in the "hacking" case of the account of Papadimitriu. According to reports, this person worked in the past administration of government (under Martin Torrijos). (TVN)
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Investigations Continue in "Hacker" Case

Internet & TechnologyPanama's Attorney General Jose Ay Prado took a sworn statement yesterday from a lawyer with whom Pedro Prados Villar, who was arrested after allegedly hacking the e-mail account of the Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu, had registered a company in the Public Registry. Sources within the Public Ministry reported said with this diligence Ay Prado seeks to determine whether or not the company in question is related to the violation of the email account of Minister Papadimitriu. However, the company, which was created and recorded four years ago, has already ceased to function according to Victor Orobio, the lawyer defending the attorney, whose name was not disclosed. For his part, Lorgio Bonilla, the lawyer for the other defendant in the case, Demetrio Cla, presented a "procedural impetus" for the prosecution practice a series of steps as soon as possible, such as the confrontation between the accused and the statement of former presidents Ernesto Perez Balladares and Martin Torrijos, and other former officials.

What's more, he also requested that his client should be released from prison where he is currently being held awaiting trial, and that preventative measure should be replaced with a requirement to periodically report to a Superior Prosecutor or a restriction from leaving the country. Bonilla asked again yesterday for access to the classified documents that have been identified as "state secrets", which were used as the basis to arrest his client.

Last week Panama's Attorney General Ay Prado said it was the Security Council that recommended the information should be classified as "secret" or "confidential information" - the data extracted from the computers of the alleged hackers, and clarified that the law gives him 30 days to decide whether or not to grant the request of defense lawyers to have full access to the data. Cla's defense lawyer hopes the Public Ministry will decide whether or not to extend his statement, and whether or not the Eighth Criminal Court will grant bail for the accused. The two suspects are being detained in the transient prison system of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation in Ancon, while continuing the investigation. (La Prensa)

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Legal Motions In "Hacker" Case

Internet & TechnologyDemetrio Pablo Clua's defense lawyer Irving Lorgio Bonilla went to the headquarters of the Public Ministry to request a procedural impetus for the motions he filed last week in connection with the case of the alleged violation of e-mails from the Ministries of the Presidency and Public Safety. Last week Bonilla requested a change in the injunction, testimonial statements, and a review of the classified documents of restricted access that remain on the record. One of the latest proceedings held in this case was the recording on external hard disks of the information maintained on Clua's computer Clua, who is the second defendant in this investigation, and who remains under detention. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: This is the "email hacker" case. Clua's lawyer apparently wants to call the former presidents Ernesto Perez Balladares and Martin Torrijos in to testify in the case - saying the information obtained from the Minister's emails accounts was destined to go to them. In the Panamanian legal system there is a thing called an "impulso al proceso" (an impulse to the process) - meaning the lawyer fires off a request that basically says "hurry the hell up." For the most part they have little to no effect other than to annoy whoever is supposed to be handling the case, and Bonilla was smart enough to send the letter, and then get it in the news. He's trying to get his client released from jail while awaiting trial. This is also the case where the Attorney General is telling the lawyer that he can't see some of the evidence in the case file because it's classified and state secrets. Like - "you're guilty, but we can't tell you why." Yeah, that'll work. Of course the Supreme Court will overturn any decision ... oh, hey, wait a minute, I almost forgot. Martinelli has the Supreme Court in his back pocket so they can do whatever they want and get away with it - law or constitution be damned. It's good to be king.

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"Hacker" Had Information From Papadimitriu's Email Account On His PC

Internet & TechnologySensitive information from the email account jpapadimitriuq@yahoo.com owned by the Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu was found on the hard disk of a computer owned by Pedro Prado Villar, who is implicated in the investigation. Sources close to the investigation said during the visual inspection and the technical investigation performed by computer experts practiced on Prado Villar's computer showed there were documents downloaded from Papadimitriu's email account. However, Prado Villar, in his sworn statement, accused Demetrius Cla of being the person who have him the password to the email account of the Minister of the Presidency, and who also sent the PDF document to his email address fenecio65@yahoo.com from the official mail. Prado Villar added that because Cla knew he had a relationship with the former president Martin Torrijos, he urged him to sell the password to Papadimitriu's email account to Torrijos.

Contradictions: Meanwhile, Cla, in his sworn statement, rejected all of the accusations made by Prado Villar. Cla, who is a real estate broker, admitted knowing Prado Villar because they worked together at the ACODECO from 2006 until 2008, and because he was trying to locate a property in Boquete. When questioned about an alleged meeting that supposedly took place with Prado Villar, the former minister Ubaldino Real and former president Perez Balladares, Cla denied having met with those people. On the supposed interest of Perez Balladares in the information and on proposal to make it come through third parties, he denied these facts. Panama's Attorney General Jose Prado Ay did not rule out citing the former presidents to have them make sworn statements in this investigation. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Eh-hem. If you have the password to the email account, that's not hacking, that's signing in. These people wouldn't know a real hacker if he was pissing on their shoes. But putting semantics aside for a moment, what do you think the PRD would have paid for access to Jimmy the Greek's email account?

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Demetrio Cla Denies Involvement In Papadimitriu Email Hacking Case

Internet & TechnologyBonilla Lorgio lawyer confirmed that the former ACODECO official Demetrio Cla was interrogated and made a sworn statement in the investigation into the hacking of a private email account held by the Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu. Bonilla said his client denied the charges related to the "hacking" of private correspondence, where state information is handled. According to the defense lawyer, the other suspect in the case Pedro Luis Prado Villar implicated Cla in his statement, and he even said Prado, who is the former Chief of the General Direction of Income, also mentioned the names of politicians. Among those politicians who would supposedly receive the information obtained from the email account of Minister Jimmy Papadimitriu are the former Presidents Martin Torrijos and Ernesto Perez Balladares, former Minister of the Presidency Ubaldino Real and the current Secretary General of the ACODECO, Rogelio Fritz.

The lawyer, who went to the offices of the Attorney General to review the record of the proceedings for violation of correspondence, threatening state security and computer crimes which consists of 540 pages, said his client Demetrio Cla was pressured by the Director of the State Security Council, Julio Molt. "It's more of a political incident, my client is not involved," Bonilla said repeatedly, who had no access to the "hacked" or violated correspondence. Reports indicate according to the signed statement given by Prado that he obtained the password to Minister Papadimitriu's email account. Cla and Prado remain under arrest and are detained in the holding cells of the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ). (La Critica)

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Hackers Take Over Panamanian Government Accounts And Computers

Internet & TechnologyHackers took control of the email account of the Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu and they they violated an email with sensitive information on a Yahoo account, and the account of the Ministry of Public Security was not spared. Jose Raul Mulino said at least ten computers of the Ministry were hacked, including his computer. Among the other computers hacked were those of the Finance Secretary and the Office of the Deputy Minister. He said the technical report on what happened was sent to the Security Council on Wednesday and to the Attorney General's Office, Jose Prado Ay, today. These are communications the Minister might have had, or any other person with an account at the Ministry. (La Estrella)

Editor's Comment: At least one person has been arrested in relation to these recent hacking attacks in Panama.

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Tesacom is First Business to Have Iridium License in Panama

Internet & TechnologyBUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Tesacom, the leader in telecommunication solutions for remote locations within Latin America, today announced the company was granted licenses in the Republic of Panama under which Tesacom can provide and sell Iridium voice and data communications in the country. Tesacom is the first company to have a license for use of Iridium in Panama. This license enables Tesacom the ability to better address the growing commercial enterprise market and government demand for Iridium products, services and applications within Panama. Iridium is the only communication company to offer truly global, mobile coverage. As an Iridium distributor, Tesacom is now able to offer the complete Iridium voice and data solutions and services portfolio within Panama, including: the Iridium 9555 satellite phone; the Iridium OpenPort broadband maritime service that provides three separate phone lines and a high-speed data line; and two-way machine-to-machine (M2M) data transceivers for remote data monitoring and asset tracking and management.

In addition, Tesacom recently developed and certified VKI Tesacom for use on the Iridium global network. The VKI Tesacom system provides integrated voice, data, email and vessel monitoring solutions for the maritime sector with attractive pricing for the Panamanian market. "This announcement reinforces the strong relationship we have maintained with Iridium since 2007, as well as our commitment to the region," affirmed Jose Sanchez Elia, CEO of Tesacom. "Acquiring this license enables us to expand the Iridium footprint, bringing advanced voice and data communications into Panama. Tesacom's first-rate customer service and after-sales service in Spanish, Portuguese and English, makes us uniquely qualified to serve end-customers within the region."

"Tesacom's innovative approach and deep market knowledge is an example of how our ever-expanding ecosystem of partners is extending the reach of Iridium around the globe and to an even broader distribution," said Ted O'Brien, vice president and general manager, the Americas, Iridium. "Together we are advancing business communications in Panama, where there is a demand for reliable, effective and continuous communications in the maritime sector, along with agriculture and the country's many other burgeoning industries."

Iridium voice and data communications provided through Tesacom will serve Panama's shipping, agriculture, manufacturing and mining industries. The Iridium network will continue to serve Panama well into the future with Iridium NEXT, its next-generation network expected to begin launching in 2015. Tesacom is making available special pricing and new service programs in Panama. For more information, visit www.tesacom.net. (Press Release)

Editor's Comment: Great. Another option will be coming on line for all of you guys out there who are living "off grid" who depend on non traditional means and methods to get communications, Internet, and data access. More options usually means competition, and that translates to lower prices and better services (over time).

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