Venezuela humanitarian aid volunteer platform blocked

The volunteer registration web platform for Venezuela’s Coalition for Aid and Freedom has been blocked by state-run internet provider CANTV (AS8048) at 13:40 UTC (9:40 AM VET) Saturday 16 February 2019 as members took to the streets, according to NetBlocks internet observatory measurements. The restriction is ongoing at time of writing.

The new restrictions come on Saturday as volunteers have mobilised to the streets in support of National Assembly president Juan Guaidó, in favour of aid for the country’s embattled healthcare and humanitarian sector. The website of the initiative, voluntariosxvenezuela.com, remains online and available via other providers in Venezuela and internationally.

The incident follows an earlier apparent state-sponsored hacking attempt involving the website. On 12 February, security researchers uncovered an extensive state-backed phishing attack hijacking the volunteer website to collect the personal details of new applicants:

The same day, provider CANTV blocked several international online services including YouTube:

 


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