Drug Cartels Target Social Media

September 24, 2011 by USA Post 

Drug Cartels Target Social MediaDrug Cartels Target Social Media, Since the Mexican government declared war on drug cartels powerful in 2006, social media has become a major platform of information on drug-related crimes and corruption, filling the void left by journalists professionals who were intimidated into silence. However, for all its supposed advantages, including anonymity online, social media is not safe, as demonstrated by the murder of two critical online earlier this week.

The mutilated bodies of a man and a woman, both about 20 years, was found hanging from a bridge Nuevo Laredo, across the border in Texas, along with a poster explaining “This is going to happen with all those fun things in publish the Internet. It’s better than f * cking pay attention. I’m about to come. “flag specified two blogs to be avoided, Narco’s Blog and Al Rojo Vivo, which have documented the murder and official corruption. The note was signed with a “Z”, indicating that was left for Los Zetas, a powerful band, based in Tamaulipas province.

The band apparently was not persuaded by the assertion of Narco’s Blog “It is not for or against any criminal organization,” perhaps more concerned about the fact that the U.S. counternarcotics officials andanlysts in war on drugs regularly at the blog for information from other sources. Meanwhile, one of the participants in Al Rojo Vivo was not impressed: “Do not be afraid to report it is very difficult for them to know who reported only want to scare society …”

In fact, it is unclear how the band was able to identify these victims and critics of social media. Maybe it just decided to portray two “normal” to the victims and opponents online in an attempt to intimidate other critics through a bluff. But it is not difficult to imagine betraying informants critical online for cash, and an unsuspecting online reporting unwittingly give their identity away with just a few contextual clues.

Some of the popular blogs are Narco Tijuana, Drug Trafficking in Mexico drug war. Although the majority of crimes associated with the war on drugs held in Mexico’s northern states along the U.S. border, where smuggling is concentrated, the scope of some blogs is a national, including Official press releases and anonymous federal authorities in Mexico City, and local authorities across the country. Until now, the battle between the Mexican government and drug cartels has left some 40,000 dead, most independent estimates, including 66 journalists.

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