Venezuela’s Maduro says cyber attack prevented power restoration

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro claimed on Saturday that a new “cybernetics” attack had prevented authorities from restoring power throughout the country following a blackout on Thursday that caused chaos.

The President told supporters in Caracas that almost 70 percent of power had been restored when “we received at midday another cybernetics attack at one of the generators that was working perfectly and that disturbed and undid everything we had achieved”.

On Friday, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told press that a cyberattack had taken place against the “Ardas” computerized system of the Guri Dam, targeting 3 of the 5 generators and forcing the dam’s turbines to stop. He added that Venezuela would present evidence of the attack to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to other international bodies.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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