13:10 GMT19 January 2021
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    Venezuelan embassy in Russia said that the websites of Venezuelan Foreign Ministry in various countries were targeted by hacker attacks.

    Venezuelan embassy in Russia has described the hacker attacks on Venezuelan Foreign Ministry websites in various countries as an international cybercrime. The embassy decided to stop publishing any information until the safety measures on the websites are restored.

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    "The hacker attack and the interference in the operation of the websites is an international cybercrime aimed at continuing attacks on Venezuela," the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter.

    The website of the Venezuelan embassy in Russia went offline on Thursday after it published a statement on the support of the transition process in the country.

    Earlier on the same day, the websites of the Venezuelan embassies in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Mexico, the United Kingdom and a number of other states went offline, too.

    Moreover, after the attack on the websites of the embassy in Argentina and Mexico, a statement supporting Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido was published there. Notably, Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico, including the ambassador, subsequently reiterated their allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro.

    Venezuela is currently in a state of political crisis after Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition-led Venezuelan National Authority, proclaimed himself the country's interim president in late January, contesting Nicolas Maduro's re-election last year. Maduro has accused Guaido of acting on Washington's instructions.


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