Hackers Send Threat To Mexican Cartel

October 31, 2011 by staff 

Hackers Send Threat To Mexican Cartel, Could a Mexican drug cartel’s next target of a group of hackers known online attacks against banks and government institutions?

A video purportedly from the international network of hackers Anonymous threat of the Zetas, and warned that the names, photographs and addresses of supporters of the bill can be issued “if necessary.”

“We can not defend with a weapon,” said a masked man. “But we can do this with their cars, houses, bars and everything they own. It will not be difficult. We all know who and where they are located.”

The man, dressed in a suit and tie and speaking with a Spanish accent, said the notoriously violent drug gang has kidnapped a member of Anonymous in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

“We demand their release,” says the man.

It is unclear whether it is really behind the video Anonymous October 6, which does not mention the name of the victim or provide specific details about the alleged kidnapping. The hacker group has no clear leader, and no official website.

Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical intelligence for Stratfor intelligence firm Global, said the video “absolutely” looks authentic.

“It’s part of the dynamics that we have been watching the activities of Anonymous in Mexico,” he said, saying the video was similar to other videos that the group has released and expressed similar sentiments. “It seems like they’re speaking through the voice of the people who are in fear.”

One thing that is important to remember is that Anonymous is not an organization. It has no hierarchy. Basically it is a group of people who identify themselves, “said Stewart.” Not everyone agrees, and not everyone participates. ”

An anonymous source told CNN that there were discussions about three weeks ago in the main Anonymous “online chat portal suggesting that Anonymous members based in Mexico will target the Zetas.

The source said the Mexican Anonymous members in online discussions said to have information about politicians in Mexico who were corrupt and work with the Zetas. Anonymous members in Mexico appeared, on the basis of his talks portal, you want to make this information available on the Internet, the source said.

As social media become a battlefield increasingly common in the drug war in Mexico, viral video fueled the debate of securityanlysts and Twitter users alike.

“The loss of life will be a certain result if you release the identities of Anonymous individuals who cooperate with the cartels,” Stratfor said last week. “Whether intentionally or not cooperate with criminal cartels in Mexico, comes with the danger of reprisals from rival cartels -. taxi drivers usually victims of extortion or otherwise compelled to act as sentries or scouts – are particularly vulnerable . ”

Twitter was buzzing with word of a possible threat on Monday, with some seats on the hashtag # OpCartel Anonymous said it had canceled its plans to guide the Zetas, and others to question the legitimacy of the video.

“It was the # hackers Anonymous vs OpCartel history Zetas highly publicized deception?” SYoungReports wrote.

Other Twitter users criticized the group.

“Bits and bytes do not work against bullets,” said a message on Twitter account Angeliner4life. “Do not be silly, he’s playing with the real murderers.”

The most common mode for Anonymous is launching distributed denial of service attacks, in which several people use scripts to access a website on several occasions, the slowdown that bad or off if their servers can not handle the traffic.

In recent years, Anonymous has given credence to disrupt a number of prominent websites, including PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and the Church of Scientology.

Last month, the group said it seemed the Mexican government to launch attacks against a wide range of official websites, including Mexico’s defense and public security ministries.

Online messages have become part of the reporting violence strongest voices in Mexico. In some parts of the country, the threats of the cartels have silenced the traditional media. Sometimes even local authorities are afraid to speak.

Last month, the attackers left ominous threats websites mention two signs beside the mutilated bodies hanging from a bridge in northern Mexico.

The message was clear: Post something you do not like online and you’re next. “I am about to get it,” said one of the signs.

It was not clear that the two victims were brutally murdered, or had some connection to the media. Butanlysts said the case demonstrated the role technology has come to play in describing and denouncing violence in Mexico.

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