06 Aug 2019

Secretive ‘Machete’ hacker group steals GBs worth of sensitive files from the Venezuelan military

A cyber espionage group called Machete has been stealing military documents via targeted malware attacks across Latin America, researchers with ESET have discovered. 75% of malware infections impact targets in Venezuela, but the attackers are also going after entities in Ecuador, Colombia, and Nicaragua. According to Matias Porolli of ESET,

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07 Jun 2019

Putin: Russia has no plans to send troops to Venezuela

Russia does not intend to send troops to Venezuela in order to assist the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday. Maduro’s authority is being challenged by opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido. While Russia and China support Maduro, United States President Trump

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02 May 2019

As Guaido admits he needs more military support, Trump warns of worse to come in Venezuela

In an attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the country’s opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido this week called on the people of Venezuela to take to the streets, while urging members of the military to turn on their president. However, on Wednesday Guaido acknowledged that he

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16 Apr 2019

‘Mr Pompeo, you can stop’: China hits back at criticism over Latin America

China on Monday rebuked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s for his recent remarks that China’s support for the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is hypocritical and helps to prolong the crisis in the Latin American country. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that Pompeo’s comments were lies that

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28 Mar 2019

Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

Tensions between the US and Russia over the crisis in Venezuela continue to increase. On Saturday, two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela. In response, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the US “will not stand idly by

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27 Mar 2019

Russian deployment in Venezuela includes ‘cybersecurity personnel’: U.S. official

According to a US official, the 100 or so Russian troops that arrived in Venezuela on Saturday by plane included “cybersecurity personnel.” This means that Russia could aim to support surveillance efforts by the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and/or help the government protect it’s infrastructure. Maduro has blamed recent

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26 Mar 2019

Pompeo warns Russia ‘to cease its unconstructive behavior’ in Venezuela

In response to the news that two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia should “cease its unconstructive behavior” in Venezuela. Pompeo also

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25 Mar 2019

Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas

On Saturday, two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela. While a Russian news outlet claimed that Russia was fulfilling “technical military contracts” by sending the planes, many analysts see the incident as a message from the Russian government to the

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22 Mar 2019

A Venezuelan Opposition Aide Has Been Arrested, Prompting Rebuke From the U.S.

Only days after US and Russian officials failed to agree on the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the latter defied US warnings by having the chief of staff of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido arrested. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Luis Reverol claimed the top aide

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20 Mar 2019

U.S.-Russia talks on Venezuela stall over role of Maduro

During a two-hour meeting in Rome on Tuesday, officials from the US and Russia were unable to come to an agreement regarding the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. However, both sides stated that they had come to better understand the other’s position on the issue. Russia is concerned about

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