Dozens of Venezuelan websites, many of them for state bodies, were hit by a cyberattack by hackers lending support to an armed rebel group that staged a weekend raid on an army base. The hackers’ collective, calling itself The Binary Guardians, targeted the portals for the government, the supreme court and the legislature, among others.
The sites for private companies were also affected, including subscription TV service DirecTV and telephone provider Digital. The online operation came a day after three military officers — a dismissed captain and two lieutenants — led around 20 men in uniform on a raid of an army base in the city of Valencia.
They made off with an unspecified arsenal of weapons, though half their number, including one of the lieutenants, was captured and two were killed. Several of the hacked sites were offline late yesterday.
Those for President Nicolas Maduro’s office and for the electoral council were eventually back to normal. The Binary Guardians showed on Twitter the screen they had inserted on the portals’ home pages: a tract supporting the rebel group’s “Operation David” on the army base, next to an excerpt from Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Great Dictator.” “Our struggle is digital,” the hacker group said. “You close the streets, we do so to networks.”
It urged anti-government protesters to demonstrate “and support our valiant soldiers.”