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. michaelfury

    December 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Not surprised.

    I miss the cold war, when it was obvious who were the good guys, the bad guys, and neutral. Even the neutral countries were typically good guys. Now, I need a big wall chart to keep track.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    This is what all countries are looking at not just Venezeula or Iran. We recently created havoc at one of Iranian nuclear facilities with a cyber attack.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Univision

    As if Univision is better informed than the CIA or FBI. Every nation would like to know what secrets other nations are keeping. To single-out Venezuela with Iran from among them all is very telling. If Venezuela is so evil, why do we still allow their national oil corporation, CITGO, to operate inside of our borders?

    December 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    You mean like the US and Israel did against the centrifuges in Iran, effectively destroying them?

    December 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Well Barrack? Do you honestly think you're going to get our spy drone back from Iran now, considering this allegation of hacking tacos?

    December 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bigwilliestyles

    Didn't you know? Only white people (and their jewish friends), are allowed to commit espionage, sabotage, invasions and to possess nuclear weapons. Everyone else is a terrorist, a 'potential' terrorist, or will 'potentially' sell weapons and/or information to terrorists. Glad I could clear that up for you.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. baluga eggs

    Iranzuela needs to be invaded and occupied. This will become more clear as further unfounded rumor and innuendo are reported against them.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. baluga eggs

    @bigwilliestyles. As if there are bo black jews. Grow up.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    " Iranzuela needs to be invaded and occupied". Thanx for buttressing my point a**hole.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Portland tony

    Utter Crap. Sounds almost like the Iranian guy who offered a hit on the Saudi ambassador to the Mexican Mafia.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clearmind

    We all can image that since the Mexican border is a much talked about enty into this to do it, where and when is the best way to do it, who to talk to in order to do it, it should be no surprise that it would be attempted by an enemy of our country. Dont blame the poor border guards they are doing what they can.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lesterg

    We have enemies out there who would like to sdcrew us ropyally. Don';t underestimate the enemy. They are ruthless, not stupid.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @bigwilliestyles: I get it.

    People, if you don't know what "tongue in cheek" and "sarcasm" means, I suggest you look it up.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clearmind

    @lesterg agreed, and unfortunately this BS of trying to be nice only make us look weak

    December 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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