Smaldone believes this is the government's revenge for past criticism. The researcher told local news outlet Perfil that he was the third security researcher who had his home raided after reporting vulnerabilities in an electronic voting system that the Argentinian government is currently testing for a planned rollout in future elections.
La Gorra Leaks 2.0
But according to Argentinian news site Clarin, Smaldone is just one of many suspects who had their homes raided last week, on October 8, with similar house searches taking place in the cities of Córdoba, Santa Fe, La Plata, and in the country's capital of Buenos Aires.
Argentinian authorities are looking for a hacker going by the name of La Gorra Leaks 2.0.
On August 12, this year, the hacker published 5 GB of data, containing over 200,000 PDF files, on the dark web, Telegram, and Twitter.
The files contained names, surnames, ID numbers, home addresses, telephone numbers, and banking information for Argentinian Federal Police officers.
At the same time, the hacker also hacked the Twitter account for the Argentine Naval Prefecture (PNA) and tweeted that three Argentinian ships had been hit by missiles fired by British forces [1, 2, 3, 4].
According to the court documents, Smaldone was one of the first to tweet about the incidents, and authorities seem to believe he is somehow involved.
La Gorra Leaks 1.0
This new hacker's name is a reference to the original La Gorra Leaks, a hacker who back in 2017 breached the Twitter accounts of Patricia Bullrich, Minister of Security of Argentina, and tweeted images and files from Minister of Security email inboxes. The same hacker also took over the Twitter account for Argentina's Airport Security Police.