Cyberattack Hit Venezuela Leaving Millions Without Mobile Phone Service
Venezuela government on thurday confirmed a massive cyberattack which brought down governement websites and left about seven millions users without mobile phone service.
A hacking group named “The Binary Guardians” has 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.The outage was part of a wave of attacks that began Monday when dozens of attacks that saw governemnt and private sector websites hacked.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