Iran and Venezuela Caught Plotting to Launch Infrastructure Cyber Attack … from Mexico
Univision, the largest Spanish language channel in the United States, aired a documentary detailing a plot by Venezuelan agents and members of Iranian proxy force Hezbollah to launch attacks aimed at damaging nuclear plants and other targets. Since there are four nuke plants in South Carolina that basically surround Greenville County this should be of interest to readers.
Fausta Wertz, one of the best bloggers out there covering Latin America and communism, has a summery:
The onslaught would be against the information technology systems of the White House, nuclear power plants and federal agencies, such as CIA, FBI, the Pentagon and the top-secret National Security Agency (NSA). Some of the meetings were held inside the Venezuelan mission in the Mexican capital city, according to the pseudo-pirate
A few weeks ago “foreign hackers” were able to disrupt operations at a rural Illinois water plant, imagine the mayhem that could be caused if the plotters were able to disrupt power to the rapidly growing upstate while causing damage to four reactors that surround us.
More from El Universal:
When the events occurred four years ago, Consul Livia Acosta Noguera acted as the Cultural Affairs Officer at the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico. Ex professors and graduates from the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) who pretended to be hackers or cyber-pirates managed to record several conversations where the diplomat requested information about an alleged sabotage on the United States to submit it to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
“I would like to make emphasis on what you gave me, the last thing (…) the president (Chávez) already had a look at it,” the diplomat said, based on the recordings obtained by Univisión Investiga.
In another talk, Acosta commented that General Alexis López, then the head of the presidential guard, presumably provided President Chávez with the information forwarded by her from Mexico. The diplomat also asked hackers for forged information against dissidents of Chávez’s government, the students elaborated.
The students related that the story started in 2006, when young people specialized in information technology were recruited by UNAM Professor Francisco Guerrero Lutteroth to organize a cyber-attack team against US servers from Mexican territory.
One of the recruits, then student Juan Carlos Muñoz Ledo, covertly recorded the meetings when learning that the purpose of the operation was attacking targets in US territory, he told Univisión. Muñoz Ledo was also worried, he added, that, in addition to the cyber-attack, the possibility of physical attacks had been pondered.
“The objectives of the plan discussed were attacking the United States firstly in a cybernetic manner and afterwards, doing it in a physical manner. This is what both the Embassies of Iran and Venezuela particularly wanted, under the aegis of Cuba, obviously,” Muñoz Ledo averred.
Muñoz Ledo incorporated other students to help document the presumed conspiracy planned from 2006 to 2010.
“The point is that I made the decision to implement an action, as it were, to substantiate all of it,” commented Muñoz Ledo, 33, in an interview with Univisión from Mexico. “It was the right thing,” he added.
The operations received the “blessing” of Roy Chaderton, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Mexico in 2007 and 2008, as testified by the very hackers.
The team used tiny audio microphones and hidden video-cameras in order to record dozens of hours of talks, running the risk of being captured.
The embassies of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba took the lead in the scheming, Muñoz Ledo elaborated.
Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats, the expert warranted, took a “very, very active” part in planning the attacks.
With Iran threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz now might be the time for their plot to be fast tracked as they could easily cripple the U.S. by interrupting our oil supplies while potentially blacking out large portions of the country.
Via Townhall here’s the trailer for the documentary that aired recently: