Venezuela sustained another nationwide blackout yesterday, with the country's telecommunications services heavily affected. Over half the country's states were affected. CNN reports that the government blames "an electromagnetic attack" on a hydroelectric plant as the cause of the grid failure. CNBC points out that officials have neither specified what they mean by "electromagnetic attack" (possibly electromagnetic pulse) nor provided evidence of the foreign activity they blame for the disruption. Opposition leaders claim that the blackouts are due to neglect, corruption, and mismanagement. Before yesterday's blackout, Newsweek reported that Russia had announced plans to dispatch more help to secure Venezuela against American "economic terror."
The Washington Post has obtained internal company documents that appear to describe Huawei's work to establish and maintain North Korea's WiFi networks. A Huawei spokesman neither disavowed nor authenticated the documents, saying merely that the company was "fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations." The US Justice Department has already charged Huawei with crimes connected to evasion of sanctions against Iran. Should the latest revelations be substantiated, they would amount to more trouble for Huawei.
The Washington Post reports that, for all of its record-setting éclat, the Federal Trade Commission wanted the $5 billion fine on Facebook to be higher. The FTC-led settlement with Equifax also strikes some members of Congress as low. There's said to be rising sentiment in favor of increasing penalties for privacy missteps.