As the polls have closed across the country, the Twitter account of the Venezuela presidential hopeful Nicolas Maduro has been compromised by the Lulz Security Peru hacktivist group. Two official websites have been brought down as well.
The official’s twitter account was filled with vulgar messages in which @lulzsecperu claimed responsibility for the successful attack.
Hackers have also defaced Maduro’s official sites maduro.org.ve and nicolasmaduro.org.ve posting their logo on the main pages.
The Venezuelan minister of Communications & Information Ernesto Villegas has commented on the attack saying that the “despair of fascism” became evident once again.
In their “desperation” hackers also attacked the Twitter accounts of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela and of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the minister added.
The attacks occurred shortly before 18:00 (22:30 GMT), when the polls had officially closed for this Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela.