Russia sends cybersecurity team to Venezuela for protection against U.S. hackers

U.S. government intelligence reports claim that Russia has sent a team of armed cybersecurity experts to Venezuela to support President Nicolas Maduro regime. According to the authors of the book ‘Learn ethical hacking‘, two Russian military aircraft landed in Caracas on the morning of last Saturday; aboard the planes were traveling about one hundred soldiers from Russia.

In addition to this support, the Russian government would have sent an armed team of experts in cybersecurity to Venezuela.

Venezuela faces a severe political crisis. While Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez after his death, has been charged with accusations of irregularities in elections, censure of criticism and alleged violations of human rights.

On the other hand, Juan Guaidó, leader of the National Assembly (under the control of the opposition), has resorted to a clause established in the Constitution of Venezuela to proclaim himself as interim president until the organization of new elections.

The United States and its allies, as well as some South American countries, have shown their support for the faction represented by Guaidó. On the other hand, the governments of China and Russia have expressed their support for Maduro’s regime.

The U.S. Department of State declared that this deployment of Russian troops in Venezuelan territory represents a reckless step in the midst of a tense situation. According to the authors of ‘Learn ethical hacking’, some U.S. military officials believe that this Russian contingent includes specialists in cybersecurity.

The Venezuelan government confirmed that the two aircraft arrived from Russia, after the approval of President Maduro, although this is all the information provided by the official sources.

The authors of Learn ethical hacking, in addition to experts from the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) consider that this team of cybersecurity specialists could be in charge of the search for dissident elements. Currently, Venezuela has suffered severe failures in the power supply. Maduro has pointed to the U.S. government as responsible for these massive shutdowns using hacking techniques. 

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs just stated that this military operation in Venezuela is only part of a technical and military cooperation agreement between the two governments.

On the other hand, the Russian government has accused the U.S. of promoting a coup against Maduro. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that Russia’s stance on the issue of Venezuela will not change, regardless of American meddling.