Power outages have swept across Venezuela, marking an uptick that has lasted far longer than what Venezuelans have normally dealt with, but why? According to the government of Venezuela, the outages are a result of cyber-attacks against the country’s infrastructure, perpetrated by foreign actors.
This also included widespread telecommunications outages in parallel.
As Venezuela endured one of its worst blackouts in recent memory this week, the government repeatedly claimed the widespread outage of power, phone and internet was due to a foreign cyberattack attempting to unseat its president. While the reality is that Venezuela’s blackout was most likely due to chronic underfunding of its electrical infrastructure and deferred maintenance, the idea of a foreign nation state manipulating an adversary’s power grid to force a governmental transition is very real.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also stated that continuing power outages are a result of a cyber-attack on an energy facility to stifle restoration, which was originally initiated by an outage at Guri Dam, causing 18 out of the 23 states in the country to suddenly go dark.
There is, of course, precedent that the issue is a result of poor maintenance.
The failing infrastructure has been utilized by self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaidó to call for opposition marches against Maduro, while also stating that Venezuelan citizens have been “murdered by the blackouts,” and that the outages are simply caused by poor maintenance.
To leave no doubts about the real agenda at hand, National Security Adviser John Bolton also used the disruptions to further the cause of regime change in the country, stating that the recent collapse is solely due to Maduro and that he must be removed.
Aside from the U.S, it is also suspected that Israeli military intelligence could have had a hand in such cyber-attacks, especially due to their involvement with the U.S. cyber-security industry through Unit 8200 start-ups.
This story is developing.