Cy­ber­at­tack leaves mil­lions with­out mo­bile phone ser­vice in Venezuela

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

A mas­sive cy­ber­at­tack that took down govern­ment web­sites in Venezuela ear­lier this week also has left seven mil­lion mo­bile phone users with­out ser­vice, the govern­ment said Thurs­day.

A group that calls it­self The Bi­nary Guardians claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for at­tacks that tar­geted the web­sites of the govern­ment, the supreme court and the Na­tional Assem­bly. “Th­ese ter­ror­ist ac­tions which af­fected the Movil­net’s GSM plat­form on Wed­nes­day left with­out com­mu­ni­ca­tion seven of the state op­er­a­tor’s 13 mil­lion users,” Science and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Hug­bel Roa said.

Venezuela has two other pri­vate mo­bile phone op­er­a­tors: Span­ish-owned Mo­vis­tar and Dig­i­tel.

Roa said the out­age was part of a wave of at­tacks that be­gan Mon­day when dozens of govern­ment and pri­vate com­pany web­sites were hacked. Roa said there also have been nine cuts in the country’s fiber op­tic net­work, which has cut off al­ready pre­car­i­ous in­ter­net ser­vice to seven states. “The at­tacks were car­ried out with the help of for­eign agents, try­ing once again to dis­rupt our country’s con­nec­tiv­ity,” Roa said, adding that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way. —AFP

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