Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) of Tuesday, July 30
MASSIVE HACKING. An in-depth report is revealed in the newsletter of Inside Telecom led by Víctor Suárez, with William Peña as the Editor. Both of them are renowned journalists in the technology area. I quote: "The evening of July 23, the Venezuelan Hackers, identified as the local chapter of Anonymous, disseminated the hacking of a number of websites of Venezuelan government agencies in protest against what they call the fraudulent and unwise presidential exercise by Nicolás Maduro. Their motto was 'no protest is small, but protesting hearts are big.'" Under the hashtags #A100DiasdelFraude (#A100Days of Fraud) and #VenezuelanHacked, they grabbed almost two dozens of government and military websites. The action showed the poor information and technology security level in the Venezuelan government. Several databases were published. The audiovisual work by Charles Chaplin, "The best speech ever made," (from the film "The Great Dictator") was embedded in hacked sites, along with an explanatory text of their actions. The day after, when most attacks had been controlled, Venezuelan Hackers twitted: "We will decide on the future of the group. In the meantime, we will stop out activities for a while. We do not forgive, not forget; wait for us..." On Monday, July 29, they launched a video against the government and the opposition and promised to take new action...
"CRIMINAL STATE." The title of the book is completed with this sentence: "How organized crime works in Venezuela." It is authored by Carlos Tablante and Marcos Tarre Briceño. The prologue is by Judge Baltazar Garzón. It will be on sale on the web. It will make an impact as some government officials and red, very red nouveau riches are depicted...
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.