Venezuelan blackout due to cyber-attack, says president

Over the last two months, Venezuela has been going through a political and economic crisis with two claimants to the President’s chair and the US imposing sanctions to pressure the incumbent regime. Matters reached a head last week when opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself acting President and has the support of the West, returned home after a self-imposed exile to cheering crowds in Caracas. He is trying to force out left-wing dictator Nicolas Maduro, President since 2013, who has declared himself the winner of a controversial election.

Guaidó, 35, was born in the beach town of Vargas, which was severely hit by flash floods in 1999. The family moved to Caracas, where Guaidó studied engineering. It was in 2006 that Guaidó emerged in politics, as one of the principal leaders campaigning for freedom of the press amid a crackdown by then President Hogo Chávez. Guaidó formed his party, Voluntad Popular, which is today leading the fight against Maduro. This year, Guaidó’s party declared him President of the National Assembly, the country’s Parliament.

Ever since the global crude oil downturn, Venezuela has slipped into an economic crisis. Its crime rate has doubled and inflation multiplied. The West-imposed sanctions have now led to a prolonged electricity blackout.

Seventeen people have died in Venezuela's massive power outage, "murdered" by the government of President Nicolas Maduro, opposition leader Juan Guaido alleged Sunday.

The blackout heightened tensions between the opposition and government loyalists, who accuse each other of being responsible for the collapse of the power grid.

Venezuelan president says complete blackout caused by 'an international cyber-attack' with support from within.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says the country's complete electrical failure has been caused by "an international cyber-attack" but that his administration has "defeated their coup".

Guaido, Venezuela's self-declared interim president, said Sunday that 16 states continued to be completely without power, while six had partial power. He said the private sector had lost at least $400 million from power outages.

Electricity was cut to 70% of the South American nation late last week, and officials warned that hospitals were at risk.’

"Venezuela has truly collapsed already," Guaido told CNN Sunday in an interview in a sweltering hotel room in the Venezuelan capital -- another byproduct of the blackouts.

Peruvian local news website NetLima hacked by Venezuelan Hackers

A group of Venezuelan hackers affiliated with Anonymous hacktivists managed to gain access to the website of Netlima, a Peruvian online news paper site that covers news related to Lima city.

Even though the main page is not affected, the hackers used the unauthorized access to modify the content of few pages of the site in order to show their message.

Few pictures and a short message have been placed in those affected pates.

" Article 350 has its own life, lives in each of our hearts, can lead us to freedom. Let's give life and to liberate Venezuela. " the message reads.  "In this country there will never be revolution without evolution of Consciousness.!".

In the end of the modified-page, the hackers apologized to the admin of the site for the inconvenience and said "nothing personal, it is a protest for my Country." 
List of affected pages:

Two hacker groups namely "Hacker Claus Team" and "Anonymous Juventud" have done this defacement.  Currently, the affected pages still shows the defacement.

Venezuela Government websites defaced by @LIberoamericaMu

A hacker with twitter handle "LIberoamericaMu" from Hack Argentino team, has gained access to multiple Venezuela Government websites and defaced them.

The hacker in tweet said the hack is for Anonymous Venezuela and said that it will be continued.

"This post is dedicated to all venezonalos, we will not allow this corrupt government dominates our way of thinking we are prepared to face them MATURE F*** YOU!! Cuba will not allow our country to dominate." The defacement message reads(translated).

List of hacked websites:

The group also hacked the sub-domain of the Venezuela Military website "".  At the time of writing, all of the affected sites still defaced.  

Anonymous Venezuela hacks Venezuelan Military and other government websites

The Anonymous Venezula has hacked into a number of Venezuelan government websites that includes Military website.

The list of affected websites includes, Military Technical Academy(, Military Counterintelligence Directorate(, Aragua Police website(, Municipal Police of Vargas(

The group also hacked one educational website "University of Falcon( .

"Good day Venezuela. What seemed to them the night and early morning we offered? In the next few days are a lot more action ;)" The tweets posted by the group reads.

"We are not criminals, we are just citizens voicing their dissatisfaction with this crap called "government". Politicians Tremble!"

At the time of writing, most of the websites are still showing the defacement page.