Venezuela Websites suffer Cyberattack backing rebel group

8 August 2017

Dozens of Venezuelan websites, many of them for state bodies, were hit by a cyberattack on Monday 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. Several of the hacked sites were offline late Monday. Those for President Nicolas Maduro's office and for the electoral council were eventually back to normal.