International hacktivist group Anonymous has attacked a range of Venezuelan government websites, according to a release by science, technology, and innovation ministry (MCTI).
Science, technology and innovation minister Manuel Fernández denounced the range of attacks on 61 government portals, attributing them to a group known as Anonymous Los Andes Venezuela which he said had declared an "IT war" on Venezuela.
Such attacks are aiming to overthrow the government, and amount to an attempted coup d'etat, according to the minister.
The pages attacked include those of several local government establishments, state TV stations, government development funds and state oil company PDVSA.
Fernández also criticized the website Dólar Today, an online portal which provides information regarding the unofficial dollar exchange rate in Venezuela, and one of several websites which telecoms regulator Conatel recently ordered internet service providers to block access to.
While establishing the identities or motivations of members of the Anonymous group is, by nature, a highly difficult task, a video released on YouTube under the username Anonymous Venezuela called for Venezuelans to attend anti-government protests held on February 2, criticizing high levels of corruption and crime, and the lack of access to US dollars.