In March of last year, I reported about a series of targeted DDoS attacks against several Venezuelan digital news sites, including El Pitazo. More than a year later, things have not improved: Crónica Uno and Armando.info just suffered similar attacks and, in the specific case of El Pitazo, the situation has worsened.

For the third time in 11 months, El Pitazo is being blocked with no explanation offered.

Caracas Chronicles talked with El Pitazo director César Batiz, who told us how the continuous blocking has taken place so far: ElPitazo.com was first blocked on September 8 of last year by ABA Cantv and Digitel, joined later by fellow ISP Movistar on November 1. At the time, El Pitazo advised its users to avoid the blocking, but as time passed, its traffic numbers were seriously affected, so the site was forced to change its web address.

Last January 15, El Pitazo assumed a new URL, ElPitazo.info. Three months later, that site was blocked as well (no explanations given), so El Pitazo immediately activated another URL (ElPitazo.ml). Before the most recent URL blocking, which extends now to Inter and SuperCable, El Pitazo was victim of cyber-attacks too.

For the third time in 11 months, El Pitazo is being blocked with no explanation offered.

Which bring us to the question: Why is El Pitazo being subject to this blockade?

“I can guess, but I have no certainty with this lack of answers,” Batiz told CC.

It’s possible that publishing uncomfortable stories for the government is behind it all; before the last block, El Pitazo reported a high-profile corruption case involving PDVSA.

Internet companies are not giving any information and if you think of no other culprit than CONATEL, sorry to disappoint you (at least officially): No administrative procedure or written requests (like the case of journalist Damian Prat) has been made against the site.

The National Assembly’s Media Committee has faced the same problem: When investigating the blocking of several websites, they asked local ISPs to respond, getting nothing as an answer.

This isn’t happening in a vacuum: Digital news outlets that don’t commune with the hegemony face harassment both in the internet and in the real world. Just see the case of Armando.Info as a window into the future; not only has it suffered cyber-attacks, but also huge legal pressure.

At least, there’s solidarity: As El Pitazo remains blocked, other outlets have posted their full interview with former Oil Minister/PDVSA chairman Rafael Ramirez.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. “The Government Blocks El Pitazo for a Third Time”

    Keep calling the Genocidal Narco-Tyrannical Tropical Kleptocracy “Government”, que asi vamos bien.

    In Spanish, try “Desgobierno”,at the very least.

    • Other words way more accurate to describe the Chavistoide thugs with el coroto:

      – Totalitarian Regime
      – “The Neo-Communist Zombies Block El Pitazo for a Third Time”
      – “The Castrista Mega-Thieves deny freedom of expression for the Third Time”
      – “The Chavista Chimpanzees don’t like el Pitazo”
      etc.

  2. Aren’t telecom outfits subsidized by the government? I know there are private subscribers (the gente) who have to pay a monthly fee or fee your data used, but since the B is virtually worthless, what keeps these outfits running? The Chavistas have to keep the internet going to pimp their “revolution,” and to do some business. I’m just not understanding how the telecom business keeps going.

    • As soon as the power goes down, many of the telecoms go down, which suggests that their batteries are not being replaced. The telecom business seems to keep going by only paying salaries while using up any equipment inventory they have on hand.

      • I am envisioning a country where zero meaningful maintenance and upkeep of any capital equipment and infrastructure. Telecom, electricity, water, transportation, roads, oil company, whatever. Everything has been coasting on fumes. They need to change their slogan to “Socialism for the 19th century”, except I suspect any horses would just get eaten.

  3. Hint: Telefonica

    (https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000814052&type=&dateb=&owner=include&count=40)

    https://www.telefonica.com.ve/es/

    https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapid=100716272

    https://www.bnamericas.com/company-profile/en/telefonica-venezolana-ca-movistar-venezuela

    If you all have patience my question is how in hell Telefonica exports their benefits after tax back to Spain. This is extremely peculiar and I’m interested on how they operate. It will be great for my class. How come Venezuela will get a 4K network without fiber? And so on. This is mystifying.

  4. I don’t understand this statement:

    ”… I am envisioning a country where zero meaningful maintenance and upkeep of any capital equipment and infrastructure. Telecom, electricity, water, transportation, roads, the oil company, whatever…”

    What the heck you’re talking about? There is no free ride even to your last destination 6 yards below ground.

    Please, re-formulate. I know from experience that anger doesn’t let me articulate my ideas.

    • Bring back the chipmonk picture because you are some kind of nut. A few bricks shy of a full load. Enough of you nonsensical blathering…take your pill and go on to bed.

  5. Jose (surely not his real name, which is probably William Jones) insinuates that there IS meaninful maintenance on vital resources. He apparently has never been to Venezuela under Chavismo. Or else he drank the bong water.

    Go Jose.

    Venezuela is not so much an example of another failed socialistc system (it’s that as well) as the result of having a band of thieving, immoral posers in power who are vastly overmatched by the affairs on the international and national stages. No legitimate foreign power or agency puts any credence to anything coming out of Chavismo. It’s bullshit all the way down – of that the world is sure.

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