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Argentina, Brazil agree on cyber defense alliance

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Brazil and Argentina have agreed to improve their cyber defense capabilities amid revelations that the US is spying on the Latin American countries, Press TV reports.

The decision was made following Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim’s recent meeting with his Argentinean counterpart Agustin Rossi in Buenos Aires.

“We need to reflect on how we cooperate to face these new forms of attack,” Amorim said after the meeting.

The two countries signed a military cooperation agreement under which Brazil is committed to providing cyber defense training to Argentinean officers from 2014.

Argentina’s Rossi and Brazil’s Amorim are expected to meet again by the end of this year in Brasilia to “intensify” joint efforts against US cyber espionage.

The agreement was made in the wake of recent revelations by Brazil’s O Globo newspaper.

The newspaper reported on July 7 that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations in the country as well as President Dilma Rousseff’s personal communications.

Earlier reports have shown that Argentina was also targeted by the NSA.

The revelations were based on leaked documents by famous US whistleblower Edward Snowden in June.

Snowden, a former NSA employee, leaked confidential information that showed the NSA collects data of phone records and Internet communications in the US and Europe as well as other countries.


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