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Fibre-based and mobile services delivered by Cantv and Movilnet in Venezuela have been switched off as a result of a continued and concerted cyber-attack.

telecom hackers venezuela 16 august 20171The attack, directed at Venezuela’s public infrastructure, has been assumed by a group called The Binary Guardians and has not only affected telecom services, but has blocked many .ve-domain websites, including all the Government platforms and the Supreme Court’s site.

According to the the Ministry of Science and Technology, Hugbel Roa, Cantv’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, through which IPTV and Internet services are delivered, has experiences cutoffs in the states of Lara, Trujillo, Carabobo, Falcon, Merida, Zulia and Tachira).

“We have never had nine cuts on the national fibre network in such a short period of time,” pointed out Manuel Fernández, president, Cantv.

Besides, the attacks also targeted Movilnet’s GSM platform, leaving seven million out of 10 million mobile subscribers without service during almost 72 hours.

The attacks have been related Venezuela’s political and financial crisis, the worst one experience in the country’s recent history. One of the direct effects of such crisis has been the increasing prices of telecoms services, which the telecom authority, Conatel, has lately tried to control.