Message to INFODIO readers: investigative journalism, which is what this site does, takes lots of time. Visiting media looking for a quick run down on Venezuela's gargantuan corruption, have the decency to at least cite the source when plagiarising this site's content without attribution (exhibit Reuters here and here, exhibit Bloomberg here, exhibit OCCRP here). To all readers, do the right thing, the honest thing: support independent investigative journalism, help us expose rampant corruption. Note added 28/06/2021: impostors are using INFODIO's former editor's full name, and a fake email address (alek.boyd.arregui at to send copyright infringement claims / take down requests to web hosting companies (exhibit Hostgator). The attempt is yet another effort paid by corrupt thugs to erase information about their criminal activities. has no issues with other websites / journalists using / posting information published here, so long as the source is properly cited.

Back online after attack coming from AWS servers

We apologise to our readers. This site was taken offline last Friday due to yet another crippling attack that caused some serious issues to our webhost. On 12 July, this proxy of Diosdado Cabello sent a threat demanding corruption information about him to be deleted in 72 hours from this site. Then on Friday, I got another voicemail from this other thug, laughing, probably drugged. This site has many enemies. They're all incredibly wealthy, through looting Venezuela of its public funds, and they are all equally desperate to burnish legitimate credentials. What we do here prevents expunging the record, and for that we are constantly at the receiving end. If you feel generous, dear reader, you could contribute with a donation so that we can keep the fight.

Since threats never work, cyber attacks are common practice. The latest was launched using Amazon web servers. Located in the U.S.

@Leaseweb gives details of bot attacks against IPs used belong to @awscloud Does anyone know how to mitigate / eliminate these attacks?

— Alek Boyd “Plagiarism is corruption” (@infodi0) July 20, 2020

When that doesn't work, another used tactic is to file fake and completely indefensible DMCA take down requests, like this one, whereby serial corruption-all-around-the-world-expert "Corrado Toscani" (almost certainly a fake name / identity) claims copyright of my work on Raul Gorrin and Angello Mazzarella:

"HSBC got a mention in Gorrin’s indictment. But how about Angelo Mazzarella? How about Bellsite Overseas S.A.? That HSBC is involved in rampant corruption in Venezuela isn’t news but their business model across the world. Angelo Mazzarella, however, in the context of Gorrin and Andrade’s mega graft scheme at Venezuela’s Treasury, is new, to this site at least"

Google and Lumen database keep getting fooled by totally spurious claims filed by thugs that have found a niche in "online reputation management". Nevertheless this site's work will continue, regardless of how many times it is taken down. After all, what we publish here ends up in criminal probes, indictments, and arrests. Ask Alex Saab, Francisco Convit, or indeed Raul Gorrin.


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