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Argentina, Brazil agree on cyber-defense alliance against US espionage

Published time: September 15, 2013 03:30
Edited time: September 16, 2013 08:00
Handout picture released by the Argentine Defence Ministry showing Brazil's Defence Minister Celso Amorim (L) listens to his Argentine counterpart Agustin Rossi speaking after signing a bilateral agreement on cooperation in cyber defence, during a meeting in Buenos Aires on September 13, 2013  (AFP Photo)

Handout picture released by the Argentine Defence Ministry showing Brazil's Defence Minister Celso Amorim (L) listens to his Argentine counterpart Agustin Rossi speaking after signing a bilateral agreement on cooperation in cyber defence, during a meeting in Buenos Aires on September 13, 2013 (AFP Photo)

Defense ministers of Brazil and Argentina have pledged to cooperate closely to improve cyber defense capabilities following revelations of the scale of US spying on Latin American countries.

“We need to reflect on how we cooperate to face these new forms of attack,” Brazil's defense minister, Celso Amorim, said at a conference in Buenos Aires.

“We have established that we will hold a meeting in Brasilia before the end of the year to intensify our complementarity in the matter of cyber defense,” Argentine defense minister Agustin Rossi said after talks with his Brazilian counterpart.

The ministers signed a broader military cooperation agreement on Friday.

The countries have agreed that later this year, Brazil will host a bilateral cyber security meeting. And starting in 2014 Brazil will provide cyber warfare training to Argentine officers.

The combined efforts will allow Brazil and Argentina to “diminish situations of vulnerability,” Rossi said.

Amorim noted the countries’ software industries have “great capacity” that could support any initiatives in the cyber defense area.

The scandal that prompted the countries to boost their cyber security broke after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA’s spy program encompasses most countries in Latin America.

Early September, Brazil’s TV Globo reported that the NSA intercepted telephone calls and e-mails of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto. A week later is was revealed that the US government also retrieved key data on a number of issues including the oil market, drugs trade and political movements in the Latin American countries 

US President Barack Obama (L) greets Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad) 

To smother the scandal, US President Barack Obama pledged to work with Brazil and Mexico to address their concerns over US spying.

Obama “committed himself to responding to the Brazilian government,” Rousseff said at the G-20 summit in Russia and whether she makes a planned state visit to Washington next month depends on his response.

US spying was not driven by security or anti-terrorism concerns, but by "economic and strategic interests," Rousseff said this week, demanding that the US take "concrete measures” to stop such espionage.


Comments (13)

 

maria 16.09.2013 13:11

Remember what Castro told President of Ecuador that passed recently, 2b careful when visiting the USA & what you eat she might be the next one having cancer & dying from it. When you have beef with a government like this one, they'll back stab you. Be aware.

 

Wadih-Jean De Richard-De Fayad 16.09.2013 12:28

Uhm, aside buying russian weapons, and other economic reactions for US illegitimate spying on most matters, and even how, when we want to be protected from spying, we have to kill the ''fuite'' at the source especially because they are counting on spying directly from cable, unless you want to go into a race with spiers like weapon race, today you crypt, tomorrow they will decode it, and so on, the more you control the source, you have safe connection, aside that you are taking the risk, of being respied again and again.

 

Jason Alexander Marshall 15.09.2013 15:58

What do you say, England, lets put up a state of the art SIGINT facility on The Falklands? You provide the sovereign territory we will provide the hardware. Create jobs for the locals!

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