December 14th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Alleged cyberplot points to Venezuela, Iran, documentary says

It's the type of plot that defense hawks in the United States warn about: a potential cyberattack against the U.S. government orchestrated by none other than Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, with the help of a group of Mexican leftists.

The U.S.-based Spanish-language network Univision recently aired an investigative documentary alleging that Venezuelan and Iranian diplomats were interested in an offer from a group of Mexican hackers to infiltrate the websites of the White House, FBI, Pentagon and U.S. nuclear sites.

But the hackers were university students recruited to do the dirty work who decided instead to document the evidence to disrupt the plot, the documentary reported.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called the report "lies." And one of the Iranian diplomats told Univision he indeed was presented with a hacking plot by the Mexican group but turned it down in part because he thought they were CIA agents.

The evidence that the plot was real, according to Univision, are secret recordings with diplomats who ask questions about what the hackers can do and promise to send information to their governments.

The United States said it did not know about the alleged plot but that it found the Univision allegations "very disturbing."

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  1. chrissy

    Im surprised at ur comment about college being lame! Put your gaming to good use...Theres schools for that, then you will make a decent living doing what you love and bringing enjoyment to others. Game design is a growing industry!

    December 15, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kyle788

    Gaming is fun but I have some different aspirations, I meant it was lame because I can't play video games all day ;)

    December 15, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    lmao yea ya gotta wait til you get old b4 you can do what ya wanta all day, unfortunately ur usually too old to do it! Catch 22! But like all good things this too will pass. But best advice follow your dream, everything else will fall in place. Gnite bud!

    December 15, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Firstly

    My favorite game is AN-94. AN-103 is cool too. Way cooler than AK-47. Venezuela thinks so too.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Hah!

    Buzzkill strikes again. Best game of all. The cure for that? Party hearty.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    lmao @ Hah, grand idea! Perfectly grand in fact! Im on board!

    December 15, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
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