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U.S. expels Venezuelan consul as spy

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January 9, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Incidents
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The State Department booted a Venezuelan consul general over an alleged plot among Venezuela Iran and Cuba diplomats to start a cyberattack against Washington.

The department said it gave Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuela’s consul general in Miami, until Tuesday to leave the United States after declaring her “persona non grata,” the most serious form of censure a country can apply to a foreign diplomat, who is otherwise protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and other normal kinds of prosecution.

Caracas was notified of the expulsion Friday, department spokesman Mark Toner said Sunday.

Acosta was allegedly involved in plans, with a group of Venezuelan, Iranian and Cuban diplomats, then based in Mexico, to attack the computer systems of the White House, FBI, CIA, Pentagon, National Security Agency and several nuclear power plants, the U.S.-based Spanish-language TV network Univision reported.

Iran’s former ambassador to Mexico, Mohammad Hassan Ghadir, appeared in the documentary report last month and denied the accusations, which date from 2008.

via UPI.com, full article here.