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Government of Venezuela Spies on Thousands of Dissidents, Newspaper Claims

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Sep 30, 2016, 12:03 pm
The new tools used by hackers use systematic methods to intercept communications of thousands of people at the same time. They are tools used to fight terrorism. (Telemundo)
Hackers intercept the conversations of thousands of people at the same time.  (Telemundo)

EspañolVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reportedly has a whole communication artillery to intercept communications from cellular calls and Skype, as well as communications via email and text messages.

According to a report published by El Nuevo Herald, his adminstration monitors opposition communication 24 hours, seven days a week.

Sources close to state security told US media that equipment to conduct such monitoring was acquired about two years ago.

The new systems can apparently intercept communications of thousands of people at once under the goal of “combatting terrorism.”

Technology specialists explained to the newspaper that the US spy software is usually installed on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other devices without their owners realizing it, often through software upgrades.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.